Middlesbrough appoint Chris Wilder as new manager after Neil Warnock exit | Middlesbrough

Chris Wilder has been appointed as the new manager of Middlesbrough, the Championship club have announced.

The former Sheffield United manager succeeds Neil Warnock, who left Boro by mutual consent after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom. Wilder had been out of work since leaving Bramall Lane in March after five years in charge.

Wilder guided the South Yorkshire outfit from the third tier to the top flight, an achievement that earned him the LMA manager of the year award. He led the Blades to a ninth-place Premier League finish in 2019-20, but could not maintain that trajectory. The team struggled badly in their second season back in the Premier League and were bottom of the table when he made way.

The 54-year-old, who began his managerial career with non-League Alfreton 20 years ago, has also had spells at Halifax, Oxford United and Northampton. Wilder took Oxford back into the League in 2010 and also won League Two with Northampton in 2016.

“The club are delighted to confirm the appointment of Chris Wilder as our new manager,” a statement on the Middlesborough website said. Wilder will be joined at the Riverside Stadium by his long-time assistant Alan Knill.

Middlesbrough are 14th in the Championship – three points and four places above Sheffield United – having won just six games this term. Warnock left the club after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at West Brom, having been at the helm since the summer of 2020.

The 72-year-old Warnock set an English men’s managerial record less than a week ago when he took charge of Boro in their away defeat at Luton – his 1,602nd match as a manager.

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