Gordon Strachan Named Middlesbrough Bossby Mark Cohen / 26 October 2009, 10:02Tweet
Gordon Strachan has been named as the new Manager of Middlesbrough today by Chairman Steve Gibson and the 52-year-old Scot will be charged with leading Boro straight back to the Premier League at the first time of asking following the sacking of Gareth Southgate. Former England defender Southgate was sacked last week in somewhat of a surprise move as the side lie in 4th spot in the Championship just a few points off the top of the table but Gibson said he thought the time was right for a change. Strachan will have one aim and one aim only and that will be promotion back to the Premier League this season and anything other than that will be considered a failure for the former Celtic Manager.
Strachan has been out of work since May when he left Celtic following a successful reign which saw the Glasgow side win a hat full of trophies, but it is well known that Strachan wanted another crack at Management in England having previously been in charge of Southampton and Coventry south of the border. Strachan was installed as the odds-on favourite for the job by the bookies as soon as Southgate was given the elbow, and he looked to be in the only man in the running for Steve Gibson and he clearly was the number one choice.
Gordon Strachan will be expected to produce results straight away at Boro as Gibson has shown is ruthless streak in giving Southgate the chop and it highlights the desparation of the club as a whole to get back to the Premier League this season.