Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is thought to have agreed terms to become the next Middlesbrough manager.
The Teeside club are looking for their next manager following the dismissal of Chris Wilder after less than a year in the job. After finishing the 2021/22 season 7th in the Championship, Boro now find themselves languishing in 20th place and the board decided it was time for a change on the touchline.
Michael Carrick Set for Role as Middlesbrough Manager
Middlesbrough have agreed terms with Michael Carrick to take over as their new head coach 🚨✅
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 19, 2022
Former Manchester United Caretaker Manager Leading the Way
Carrick, who made over 300 appearances for Manchester United, is thought to be the preferred choice and has reportedly agreed to terms with the Championship outfit. Former Watford manager Rob Edwards also held formal discussions with Boro, however, the Tyneside-born Carrick is thought to have sealed the deal.
The 41-year-old was reportedly recommended to Boro chairman Steve Gibson by England Manager Gareth Southgate, who also managed the club for three seasons between 2006 and 2009. The role will see Carrick take his first steps into permanent management.
With the deal yet to be officially announced, it is yet to be seen whether Carrick or interim boss Leo Percovich will still be on the sidelines for the clash against Huddersfield on Saturday, October 22. With one win and two losses to date under Percovich’s stewardship, Boro could be hoping for their new boss to take the reigns as soon as possible if they are to stay out of the relegation zone.
Carrick’s Coaching Experience
After hanging up his boots, Carrick joined the backroom staff at United under Jose Mourinho. The former midfielder continued his role following the appointment of fellow United favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Mourinho’s dismissal.
Once Solskjaer was dismissed during the 2021/22 season, Carrick took charge of the Red Devils on an interim basis. During this time he led them to a Champions League win over Villareal, a premier league win against Arsenal, and a draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. Carrick left the club on December 2, 2021, following the permanent appointment of Ralf Rangnick as United manager.
Only time will tell if Carrick is the right man for the job, however, with the experience of good victories with Manchester United, there is no reason that the former-England international cannot make his own mark on the Teeside club and start their move up the table. Boro were one of the favourites to finish in the top six at the start of the season, but have failed to live up to expectations so far this campaign.
Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is set to be appointed Middlesbrough's new head coach. He's agreed terms with the Championship side to replace Chris Wilder who was sacked last month. #CapitalReports pic.twitter.com/rX99aRG5tD
— Capital North West News (@CapitalNWNews) October 19, 2022