Pulis heads for Boro exit

Middlesbrough have decided to part company with manager Tony Pulis after opting not to renew his contract at the Riverside.

Pulis took charge of Boro on Boxing Day 2017 and led the Teessiders into the Championship play-off semi-finals a few months later, where they lost out 1-0 on aggregate to Aston Villa.

This season they missed out on a top-six finish, ending up in seventh place – one point behind Derby County – with a run of six straight defeats between March and April proving decisive.

Chairman Steve Gibson told the club's official website: "Two years ago we invested heavily in the squad in terms of transfer fees and salaries in an attempt to regain our Premier League status. This happened before Tony's arrival.

"Over the past 18 months Tony has been proactive, not only in the ambition to win football matches and promotion to the Premier League, but also in addressing our financial position in order to comply and respect the Championship Fair Play criteria.

"He has ensured that the club is stable and strong for the future. He leaves us in excellent condition."

Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Derby will meet in the Championship play-off final, with a place in the Premier League at stake at Wembley on Monday 27th May.

The Villans are 8/13 to secure promotion, with the Rams available at 13/10.

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