Jonathan Woodgate: Middlesbrough validate ex-England protector as manager

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Jonathan Woodgate: Middlesbrough head coach says managing home-town club is ‘huge honour’

Jonathan Woodgate says he wishes to get fans “on the edge of their seat” with “assaulting, amazing football” after being named as Middlesbrough’s brand-new head coach on a three-year agreement.

The former England defender, 39, belonged to the training set-up under previous employer Tony Pulis but has actually never managed at senior level prior to.

Pulis left in May after Boro stopped working to reach the Champion play-offs.

Woodgate will be helped by ex-Leeds and Tottenham team-mate Robbie Keane.

Leo Percovich and Danny Coyne have also been designated as part of Woodgate’s training group, as Boro prepare for a third succeeding season in England’s second tier.

” We want to get fans on the edge of their seat,” stated Woodgate, who made 112 looks in 2 playing spells with his home-town club.

” We want as lots of fans back in the arena as we can by playing attacking, interesting football with high pressure, pressing in different areas.

” We have actually got to have an approach at the club and I certainly believe in it. It’s what I have actually grown up believing in.

” I’ve had managers play the style of football I wish to play and I have actually bought into it and my coaching personnel have actually done exactly the exact same.”

New Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate will be assisted by Robbie Keane, Leo Percovich and Danny Coyne

Boro exposed there was “big interest” in the job after Pulis’ departure, with a number of candidates both in the UK and abroad talked to.

Keane’s function coaching alongside Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy will be untouched by his brand-new position at Middlesbrough.

Coyne has joined as goalkeeping coach following his departure from Shrewsbury Town, where the ex-Wales worldwide invested 6 years on the coaching personnel and had 2 quick stints as caretaker supervisor.

Boro’s ‘brand-new identity’

Analysis – Steve Crossman, BBC Sport

The two crucial words in the official club declaration were not “Jonathan Woodgate”. The keywords were “brand-new identity”.

Fans ended up being so pushed away by the robust, robotic and defensive style of football under Pulis that anger in the stands was changed by apathy, when you reach that stage the writing is on the wall.

Middlesbrough’s fresh start is as much born out of requirement as it is desire because they no longer have the cash injection of Premier League parachute payments and so the brand-new Boro will alter both off the field and on it.

Woodgate has actually been given the remit of playing amazing football, bringing the fans back and fixing the pathway between the academy and the very first group, something the club previously prided itself on.

The lower leagues will be plundered, as will countries such as the Netherlands and Germany. Chief executive Neil Bausor and head of recruitment operations Adrian Bevington have actually spent time there this summertime taking a look at prospective signings and one of their early summer targets is ADO Den Haag winger Sheraldo Becker who is offered on a complimentary transfer.

Chairman Steve Gibson has actually never ever been frightened to designate a novice coach. Given that taking control of the club in 1986, he has actually provided Bryan Robson, Steve McClaren and Gareth Southgate their very first gigs and Boro have that idea in their DNA going back further still. Older fans will tell you about the excellent Jack Charlton handling his first managerial role at the old Ayresome Park in 1973, simply seven years after winning the World Cup with England.

Keane is an exciting addition as assistant manager and fans will be delighted to see former goalkeeping coach Percovich return in a more senior function. The Uruguayan was an incredibly popular member of Aitor Karanka’s staff when the club last won promo to the Premier League in 2016.

From the north east to Madrid and back once again

Woodgate assisted Tottenham win the League Cup in 2008

Capped eight times by England, Woodgate’s playing career consisted of a ₤134 m move from Newcastle United to Genuine Madrid in August 2004.

Injuries obstructed his time at the Bernabeu – he did not make his launching for more than a year after finalizing – at a time when David Beckham, Raul, Brazilian Ronaldo and Guti were likewise betting Real.

The previous Leeds and Tottenham centre-half was in the Boro team that won promotion to the Premier League in 2015-16

He had a spell as a scout working for Liverpool in Spain prior to going back to Boro in March 2017 to sign up with the coaching personnel under interim supervisor Steve Agnew.

Boro finished seventh in the Championship last season, losing out on the play-offs by a point after a run of six successive defeats in March and April.

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