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Chris Wilder Appointed as Middlesbrough Manager

Chris Wilder

Middlesbrough have appointed former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder as their new boss.

Wilder takes over from Neil Warnock, who left the Riverside Stadium by mutual consent after their 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion yesterday.

Middlesbrough Make Swift Move to Appoint Chris Wilder

Matches the Ambitions of the Club

The appointment of Wilder matches the club’s ambitions to try and make their way out of the division and secure a way back to the Premier League.

Wilder has been without a job since leaving Sheffield United earlier this year.

Despite a disappointing and below-par last six months at Bramall Lane, the 54-year-old had a successful in charge of his boyhood club.

Wilder oversaw the Blades’ rise from the depths of League One to a ninth-placed finish in their first season back in the Premier League.

The former Northampton Town and Oxford United manager played an attractive style of football that stood out in the top-flight of English football. His players pressed high, operating in a 3-5-2 system, and central defenders were often allowed to join attacks.

As a result, Wilder was handed the LMA Manager of the Year for their impressive first season in the Premier League.

The 54-year-old will be joined at the Riverside Stadium by his long-term assistant Alan Knill.

With a highly-regarded manager at the helm, the play-offs will be the target for the Reds. Neil Warnock’s side have fallen by the wayside this season, and after a poor performance in their 1-1 draw with West Brom, a change had to be made.

Wilder and his assistant now have the international break to plan for the months ahead.

The former Sheffield United manager will begin with two homes games in quick succession, the first against ninth-placed Millwall before a Tuesday night fixture against Preston North End.

However, a quick start for Wilder could see them quickly rise up the table, as there are just four points separating them from sixth place.

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