Middlesbrough Terminate the Contract of Manager Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder

Middlesbrough have today sacked manager Chris Wilder. The former Sheffield United manager was appointed in November 2021; however, following a fifth defeat of the season at Coventry City which left the club sitting third from bottom in the Championship, Boro have taken action.

Leo Percovich will take over first-team affairs until a new manager is appointed.

Chris Wilder Sacked as Middlesbrough Manager

Club Statement

This morning Middlesbrough released a statement via their official club website mfc.co.uk.

“Middlesbrough Football Club have terminated the contract of manager Chris Wilder with immediate effect. Leo Percovich will take over first-team affairs in the interim basis, assisted by Craig Liddle, Mark Tinkler and Lee Cattermole.

The club would like to place on record its thanks to Chris and his staff for all their hard work over the past 11 months.”

Poor Run of Form

Middlesbrough have been on a poor run of form under manager Chris Wilder who was appointed just nine months ago. Just 21 points have been won in their last 20 games. Their 1-0 defeat at bottom of the table Coventry was the last straw for the Middlesbrough board and it was a defeat that left Wilder frustrated with the performance of his players. Following the game, Wilder said: “The concession of the goal is yet again small details.

“We have three throws on the left-hand side and we give every throw away, then from the third one they counter. One of my centre-halves, who’s the quickest centre-half in the club, tries to play offside and you’re just scratching your head.”

The defeat left Boro on 10 points from their 11 league games this season. They are now searching for their fourth permanent manager since the sacking of Tony Pulis in 2019.

Since their relegation from the Premier League in 2017, Boro have reached the playoffs just once. Their search for a manager who can get the club back amongst England’s elite begins again.