Middlesbrough name ex-Man United midfielder Michael Carrick as boss
Championship strugglers Middlesbrough have appointed former Manchester United and England midfielder Michael Carrick as head coach.
The 41-year-old had been out of the game since leaving Old Trafford after a three-game stint as temporary boss after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal.
Boro had been without a permanent manager since Chris Wilder was sacked, with Leo Percovich in interim charge.
Carrick’s first game will be at Preston in the Championship on Saturday.
He had said it was not the right time for him to return to football but had a change of heart after a positive second round of talks.
It is also a return to the north-east of England for Carrick, having been born in Newcastle.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
He will be assisted by Jonathan Woodgate. The former Boro player returns to The Riverside having been the manager from June 2019 to June 2020.
The club has also confirmed that Percovich will now take up a role as the club’s head of player pathway and development.
Carrick, who also played for West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur, made 463 appearances for United over a 12-year career, winning 17 trophies at Old Trafford before retiring in 2018.
He also won 34 England caps between 2001 and 2015, and was part of the squads at both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
After his retirement he became part of United’s coaching staff, initially under Jose Mourinho for a short period until the Portuguese was sacked and then – more prominently – under Solskjaer for the near-three years in which the Norwegian was in charge.
When Solskjaer left, Carrick led United to wins over Villarreal in the Champions League and Arsenal in the Premier League – with a draw at Chelsea sandwiched in between – before stepping down.