Boro opt against renewing Pulis deal

Middlesbrough are looking for a new manager after deciding not to renew Tony Pulis' contract.

Middlesbrough are looking for a new manager after deciding not to renew Tony Pulis’ contract.

The 61-year-old’s contract was set to expire on June 30 but the club confirmed they won’t be offering him an extension.

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

‘ 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.

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.

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.

‘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.