Former Manchester United and England midfielder, Michael Carrick has been announced as Middlesbrough’s new boss.
Carrick, 41, was named favorite to take over from Chris Wilder following his sacking earlier this month and has been appointed to his first major role since leaving United last month.
He arrives at the club with Middlesbrough struggling as they the 21st position on the table after 16 games and four wins.
Announcing the appointment across their social media channels, the club’s chairman, Steve Gibson, said that Carrick was the ‘outstanding’ candidate.
‘We’re delighted to welcome Michael to the club,’ said Gibson. We had identified a number of potentials for the vacancy who we spoke with, and were impressed by all, but Michael was the outstanding candidate.
‘Michael has the same values as the club, and we are very much aligned in our ambitions.
‘We see Michael as the perfect fit for us and he believes this is the right club at the right time.’
Carrick also spoke of his excitement at being appointed to the role.
‘I’m really excited to be here and to be part of a club with such a deep history and tradition,’ he said. ‘Middlesbrough was the first professional club I played for as a nine-year old boy, so it’s a very special feeling to be back here as a head coach.
‘Growing up in the north-east myself I’m fully aware of what football means to people. It’s a real privilege for me to be in this position and to feel all the passion and enthusiasm you’ve got for the game and for Boro.
‘I’ll give everything to help develop the team and keep moving the club forward and make you the supporters proud. I can’t wait to get started.’