Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has made the shock decision to replace Jonathan Woodgate with Neil Warnock as manager with just eight games remaining in the season.
Reports in the local media claim that there were three key reasons why the 71-year-old was given the reins for the remaining fixtures at the Riverside Stadium.
First, Warnock is a friend of Gibson’s and it is believed that the former Cardiff manager travelled to Teesside yesterday for a long conversation with the Boro owner before agreeing to take on the job.
Secondly, it is thought that Warnock’s experience of managing in the second tier of English football played a crucial part in the decision, having been promoted to the Premier League on three separate occasions.
Lastly, and most importantly, he was a manager who was ready to come in and make an impact straight away. Gibson will be hoping for a dramatic change in form in the coming weeks, after a dreadful 3-0 defeat to Swansea at the weekend.