Middlesbrough considering approach for Guus Hiddinkby Jack Kitson / 17 March 2017, 10:16Tweet
Middlesbrough are considering an approach for the former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, according to the Telegraph.
Boro axed Aitor Karanka on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s fixture at home to Man Utd.
The Spaniard became the sixth victim of this season’s Premier League Sack Race after his three-and-a-half-year tenure came to a disappointing end at the Riverside.
Middlesbrough will be hoping that a change in the dugout results in a u-turn in results, which has been the case at Leicester, Swansea and Hull who have changed managers in the last few months.
Swansea’s Paul Clement has recorded four wins from his last seven games, Marco Silva has won plenty of plaudits for his work at Hull, while earlier in the week Craig Shakespeare made it three wins out of three.
After a slow start Sam Allardyce has upped his game at Crystal Palace, leading the club to three wins in five.
But, who will Middlesbrough turn to?
Former Boro defender Nigel Pearson emerged as the early favourite, but he has since drifted slightly to 4/1, with the club’s caretaker boss Steve Agnew now topping the pile at 2/1, and he has the chance to prove himself this weekend when he locks horns with Jose Mourinho.
However, it’s Hiddink who could be worth a flutter at 7/1 (Bet Victor). The Dutchman, who like Pearson was linked with Leicester, is currently available and knows the Premier League well from two interim spells in charge of Chelsea.
Boro’s advisor Peter Kenyon previously played a key role in Hiddink’s move to Chelsea in 2009 when he was the club’s chief executive (Daily Mail), and this could prove pivotal this time around.
Hiddink is believed to be keen for one more spell in the dugout, and the opportunity to save Boro from the dreaded drop could prove to be intriguing - if that’s the right word… - although he’ll no doubt be well aware of the size of the task, with the goal-shy North East side three points adrift of safety of safety with nine games to play.
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