Feb 12, 2013
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“Club legend” sacked by Boro

Steve Gibson yesterday announced Middlesbrough legend, Tony Mowbray, had been relieved of his duties as manager, and has left the club immediately. Following a disappointing finish outside of the Championship playoffs, the Middlesbrough board finally decided it was enough of Mowbray. Rumours were swirling that Gibson has already sealed the signature of former Boro manager, Gareth Southgate. Southgate, however, soon quashed those rumours and confirmed Gibson had not contacted him.
Despite describing Tony Mowbray as a “club legend”, Gibson confirmed the press’s suspicions that he was unhappy with the club’s performance when he said; “We feel the club is behind what we expected it to be, and therefore we must confirm that Tony will no longer be in charge at Middlesbrough.” Gibson quickly got around to appointing a new manager, announcing this morning the appointment of young manager, Chris Blackett. The unproven Englishman was described by Gibson as an “interesting character”, with huge potential. The energetic 33-year old was appointed to “reinvigorate” the club, injecting new ideas and philosophies.
With the financial crisis biting, the North-eastern club have been rumoured to offer Blackett just £400k in transfer funds, with little over £230k going towards the wage budget. Blackett has already signalled his intention to bring in new faces via loans and free transfers, with a new striker and a new defender being targeted. It is yet to be seen in which direction Boro are headed under their new manager...
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