Boro and Pulis set to part company after play-off failure

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Tony Pulis will reportedly end his 18-month tenure as Middlesbrough boss after talks with chairman Steve Gibson this week.

Tony Pulis will reportedly end his 18-month tenure as Middlesbrough boss after talks with chairman Steve Gibson this week.

The 61-year-old took charge of Boro on Boxing Day in 2017 following the sacking of Garry Monk and guided the side to a fifth-placed finish in the Championship that season.

Having lost out to Aston Villa in the play-off semi-finals, Boro failed to make the top-six this season as Derby pipped them on the final day earlier this month.

Boro won five of their final six matches, but a six-game losing sequence through March and early April proved too much to recover from.

Pulis said he would decide on his future after talks with Gibson as his contract is due to expire on June 30, but it seems increasingly likely that the club will look to bring in a new man.

The supporters have made their feelings known that they are not happy with the Welshman’s brand of football and that, coupled with a failure to make the play-offs, looks like being pivotal in his departure.

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