Middlesbrough Football Club have parted company with manager Garry Monk

Middlesbrough have parted company with manager Garry Monk despite the comeback win v Sheffield Wednesday.

The 38-year-old former Swansea and Leeds boss was appointed in June. And his departure comes despite the victory, the 10th win in 23 Championship games this season.

Boro are ninth, three points behind Aston Villa, who occupy the final place in the play-off places.

“Middlesbrough Football Club have parted company with manager Garry Monk,” the club announced.

Monk managed Swansea in the Premier League between 2014 and 2015 before helping Leeds to a seventh-placed finish in the Championship last term. He was unable to agree an extension to his stay at Leeds under new owner Andrea Radrizzani, leaving last May before swiftly taking up the reigns at Boro.

Steve Gibson had hoped to bid for automatic promotion under Monk, having been relegated from the Premier League in May after just five wins under Aitor Karanka and then Steve Agnew. But they are far adrift of that target and have reacted by relieving Monk of his position two days before Christmas.

A statement read: “The club would like to thank Garry for all his hard work and dedication, and wish him all the best for the future.

“The club’s academy manager Craig Liddle will take temporary charge of first team affairs during the interim period while a successor is appointed.”

Middlesbrough play at home to Bolton on Boxing Day and Aston Villa on December 30.

 

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