Tony Pulis leaves Middlesbrough with Jonathan Woodgate set to replace him

Tony Pulis leaves Middlesbrough with Jonathan Woodgate set to replace him

TONY PULIS has left Middlesbrough after missing out on promotion. The Welshman’s 18-month contract is up and will not be renewed by Boro following

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TONY PULIS has left Middlesbrough after missing out on promotion.

The Welshman’s 18-month contract is up and will not be renewed by Boro following a dismal end to the Championship season.

Tony Pulis has left Middlesbrough after failing to lead them to promotion
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Chairman Steve Gibson had dinner with the 61-year-old last night in London and informed him he would not be extending his contract.

First-team coach Jonathan Woodgate is now reportedly expected to take over as boss of his hometown club, according to the Daily Mail.

Gibson confirmed Pulis’ departure this morning as he thanked the “complete gentleman” for his efforts on Teesside.

The millionaire said: “I’d like to thank Tony for his hard work and commitment over the past 18 months.

“He has been a joy to work with and a complete gentleman.

“Two years ago we invested heavily in the squad in terms of transfer fees and salaries in an attempt to regain our Premier League status. This happened before Tony’s arrival.

“Over the past 18 months Tony has been proactive, not only in the ambition to win football matches and promotion to the Premier League, but also in addressing our financial position in order to comply and respect the Championship Fair Play criteria.

“He has ensured that the club is stable and strong for the future. He leaves us in excellent condition.”

Boro first-team coach Jonathan Woodgate is reportedly set to take over
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Gibson added: “Tony’s backing of our Academy has seen many youngsters make their first team debuts.

“I am sure that Dael Fry, Lewis Wing, Marcus Tavernier, and Nathan Wood will be grateful for the faith he has shown in them.

“I’m sorry to see Tony leave but our friendship and my gratitude will remain.

“Tony and his family will always be welcome at Middlesbrough Football Club.”

Boro looked certain for a top six finish until a miserable run of six consecutive defeats in March and April ultimately led to them being pipped by Derby County for the promotion play-off lottery.

But fans have been unhappy for months, branding him a dinosaur, after a series of cautious home displays and negative tactics on the road and have been vocal over wanting a change in the dug-out.


And they were infuriated further when Pulis claimed this season’s seventh place finish was better than the previous year’s fifth.

The ex-Stoke and West Brom boss has overseen a cost-cutting exercise at The Riverside, selling star men Ben Gibson, Adama Traore and Patrick Bamford last summer.

But he spent £20m of that income on bolstering his side and ultimately finished way off the likes of Norwich and Sheffield United, who both had a far smaller budget.

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