Chris Wilder named Middlesbrough manager as he returns to dugout after eight months to replace sacked Neil Warnock

MIDDLESBROUGH have announced Chris Wilder as their new manager a DAY after sacking Neil Warnock.

The 54-year-old – who has been out of a job for eight months since leaving Sheffield United – will take over from Warnock with immediate effect.

Warnock was sacked after Saturday's 1-1 draw away at promotion hopefuls West Brom.

The Englishman's new team sit 14th in the second tier, but are just four points off the play-off places.

Wilder guided Oxford out of the Conference in 2010 and won League Two with Northampton in 2016.

His most impressive managerial achievement is taking the Blades from League One to the Premier League – then keeping them there for a season.

Former manager Warnock believes Wilder will be 'given what he wants' to get the right players in for a promotion push.

The 1,063-game vet said after Saturday's draw: "I’m disappointed how it’s ended up but nothing surprises me really. I found out this morning, with a call to say they were going in a different direction.

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"I felt I deserved a bit more but it’s not to be and I wish them all the best because it’s a great club with super players.

"Whoever comes in will get a great set of lads and will get some support in the transfer window. I think the new man will be given what he wants to get three or four players in.

"They need those players and, then, I think they still have a good chance of going up. I will look from afar and see how well they do.

"I’m proud of my managerial record and I can’t see it being beaten in the modern day. I’ve had a really good time.

"It was hard coming into the club during the pandemic but to take the club through that and come out the other side, I’m proud and the fans have been great. As to the future, I never say never but Sharon [my wife] says please don’t commit to anything!"

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