Boro chiefs to provide managerial update to Leo Percovich and coaching staff

Middlesbrough assistant manager Leo Percovich during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smith Stadium, Huddersfield.

MIDDLESBROUGH are expected to refine their search for Chris Wilder’s successor this week as club chiefs meet with their temporary coaching structure today to discuss the current state of affairs.

After Wilder was sacked seven days ago, Boro are well advanced in their recruitment process with interviews with potential candidates.

Michael Carrick emerged as the favourite, with Boro due to meet former Manchester United coaching representatives. Carrick has been out of work since leaving Old Trafford in 2021 after an unbeaten three-game stint as caretaker boss following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rob Edwards, recently removed as Watford head coach, remains firmly in the frame.

Former Huddersfield Town boss Carlos Coberan has been hinted at as a potential candidate across several reports after he was sacked as Olympiacos manager earlier this season.

For their next appointment, Boro are leaning towards appointing a head coach who will work in conjunction with the club’s current head of football, Kieran Scott.

Under caretaker boss Leo Percovich and the trio of coaches Craig Liddle, Mark Tinkler and Lee Cattermole, Boro managed to climb out of the Championship relegation zone.

However, after enjoying a stabilizing win over Birmingham City in midweek, Boro failed to follow as they crumbled to a 2-0 loss to Millwall in what was a second half. worrying time.

Percovich was unable to give a timeframe for a potential date, but will receive an update today. He said after the 2-0 defeat to Millwall at the weekend: “It’s day to day. Sunday is a day off, then Monday we meet and see what the club has to say to us.

The Uruguayan is ready to hand over to the new boss as he offers his assessments on where Boro needs improvement. He continued: “It will depend on the style of the new manager. In my opinion, you have to be a little more aggressive when you have the ball and a little more direct to connect the ball to the attackers.

“That’s why you play with two strikers – we have to feed them. They’re not just crosses, they also have to be fed with the ball at their feet because they both have good quality, so we have to find a way to move the ball faster in midfield and move the ball towards them. It takes time and rotations, but it’s the way you need to train and prepare the team.