Most Read Football

Pep Guardiola and Raheem Sterling after their FA Cup triumph1

Watch: Pep's rant at Sterling

Pep Guardiola gave Raheem Sterling a lecture on the Wembley pitch despite the player scoring two goals in their treble sealing FA Cup triumph.

Check out today's Paper Talk2

Paper Talk: Juve target Poch

Mauricio Pochettino is linked with a switch to Juventus in Saturday's papers - get all of the rumours from the back pages of the UK newspapers here.

Vincent Kompany lifts the FA Cup as Man City secure a historic treble3

Watch: City seal historic treble

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus both scored a brace as Man City thrashed Watford in the FA Cup final, to cap off a treble-winning season.

Check out today's Paper Talk4

Paper Talk: Real switch for Salah?

Real Madrid are 'ready to test Liverpool's resolve over Mohamed Salah' according to Friday's back pages. That and much more...

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid attacker in action at Getafe5

Bale's last Real Madrid game?

Gareth Bale returns to the Real Madrid fold on Sunday. Zinedine Zidane does not know if it will be the Welshman's final game for the club.

Tony Pulis leaves Middlesbrough after club miss out on top-six in Sky Bet Championship

Tony Pulis has left Middlesbrough
Tony Pulis has left Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough have parted company with manager Tony Pulis after the club missed out on the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.

The Teessiders announced that they had parted company with the 61-year-old, whose existing deal was due to expire on June 30, on Friday morning less than a fortnight after finishing in seventh place in the Sky Bet Championship and missing out on the play-offs.

A club statement said: "Middlesbrough FC can confirm that the contract of manager Tony Pulis will not be extended."

His departure comes as no surprise with the club's fans having voiced their disapproval of his style of play, and Pulis himself hinted that his days might be numbered.

Boro were in contention for one of the automatic promotion spots for long periods of the campaign, but a run of six successive defeats in March and April saw them slide down the table and they ultimately finished in seventh place as Derby pipped them to the final play-off berth.

Britt Assombalonga slotted home a penalty for Middlesbrough against Reading
Britt Assombalonga after scoring against Reading

Pulis was drafted in by chairman Steve Gibson in December 2017 after the dismissal of Garry Monk, who had been allowed to invest heavily in the likes of £15million striker Britt Assombalonga, Martin Braithwaite, Darren Randolph and Ashley Fletcher.

He was charged with the task of taking the club back into the top flight after their hard-earned return had lasted just a single season, and although he failed - his side lost to Aston Villa in the play-off semi-finals last season - he leaves with the best wishes of the man who employed him.

Gibson said: "I'd like to thank Tony for his hard work and commitment over the past 18 months. He has been a joy to work with and a complete gentleman.

"Two years ago, we invested heavily in the squad in terms of transfer fees and salaries in an attempt to regain our Premier League status. This happened before Tony's arrival.

Aden Flint (left) celebrates after scoring against Sheffield United
Aden Flint (left) celebrates after scoring against Sheffield United

"Over the past 18 months, Tony has been proactive, not only in the ambition to win football matches and promotion to the Premier League, but also in addressing our financial position in order to comply and respect the Championship Fair Play criteria.

"He has ensured that the club is stable and strong for the future. He leaves us in excellent condition.

"Tony's backing of our Academy has seen many youngsters make their first team debuts. I am sure that Dael Fry, Lewis Wing, Marcus Tavernier, and Nathan Wood will be grateful for the faith he has shown in them.

"I'm sorry to see Tony leave, but our friendship and my gratitude will remain. Tony and his family will always be welcome at Middlesbrough Football Club."

Boro's parachute payments following relegation have now stopped, and they could adopt a more radical approach as they look for a replacement with former England defender Jonathan Woodgate, currently first-team coach at the Riverside, among the front-runners.

Aitor Karanka has left Nottingham Forest
Ex-Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is second-favourite in the betting

Next permanent Middlesbrough manager (odds via Sky Bet)

  • Jonathan Woodgate - 1/3
  • Aitor Karanka - 5/1
  • Michael Reiziger - 8/1
  • Chris Hughton - 9/1
  • Nigel Pearson - 12/1
  • Danny Cowley - 14/1
  • Steven Gerrard - 14/1

Head here to view the full market


Odds correct at 1040 BST (17/05/19)

Follow Sporting Life on social media - find us on Facebook here or tweet @SportingLifeFC

Related football links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Football

Pep Guardiola and Raheem Sterling after their FA Cup triumph1

Watch: Pep's rant at Sterling

Pep Guardiola gave Raheem Sterling a lecture on the Wembley pitch despite the player scoring two goals in their treble sealing FA Cup triumph.

Check out today's Paper Talk2

Paper Talk: Juve target Poch

Mauricio Pochettino is linked with a switch to Juventus in Saturday's papers - get all of the rumours from the back pages of the UK newspapers here.

Vincent Kompany lifts the FA Cup as Man City secure a historic treble3

Watch: City seal historic treble

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus both scored a brace as Man City thrashed Watford in the FA Cup final, to cap off a treble-winning season.

Check out today's Paper Talk4

Paper Talk: Real switch for Salah?

Real Madrid are 'ready to test Liverpool's resolve over Mohamed Salah' according to Friday's back pages. That and much more...

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid attacker in action at Getafe5

Bale's last Real Madrid game?

Gareth Bale returns to the Real Madrid fold on Sunday. Zinedine Zidane does not know if it will be the Welshman's final game for the club.

Football Tips

John Higgins

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in May 2019.

A view of Uttoxeter racecourse

Our best bets

Check out Sporting Life's best bets across racing, football and more.

Lee Bowyer

Sky Bet League One semi-final tips

The final round of second leg play-off games see two sides hold one goal leads in Sky Bet League One. Tom Carnduff picks out his best bets.