Middlesbrough have confirmed that they have parted company with manager Garry Monk after just six months in charge.
The Championship outfit revealed the news on Saturday evening just hours after the side came from behind to win 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday in a performance Monk described as the best away from home so far this season.
Monk leaves Boro ninth in the Championship, three points off the final play-off position, having won 10 of his 23 games in charge this term.
The 38-year-old was named as Aitor Karanka's permanent successor in June just weeks after he decided to resign as Leeds boss following one season at Elland Road where he guided the side to a seventh-placed finish.
The club would like to thank Garry for all his hard work and dedication, and wish him all the best for the future.Middlesbrough FC
Monk, who also had a spell in charge of Premier League Swansea between 2014 and 2015, was given over £40million to spend by Boro chairman Steve Gibson in the summer transfer window as the club looked to make a swift return to the Premier League following last season's relegation.
But their form has been inconsistent in the first half of the campaign and overall performances have been disappointing, while the automatic promotion places already look out of reach as leaders Wolves are 19 points ahead of the Teessiders and second placed Cardiff are 12 points clear of them.
As a result the club have acted ahead of the January transfer window when a new manager could potentially bring in some players and target a top-six play-off place in the second half of the season.
A club statement read: "Middlesbrough Football Club have parted company with manager Garry Monk.
"The club would like to thank Garry for all his hard work and dedication, and wish him all the best for the future.
"The club's academy manager Craig Liddle will take temporary charge of first team affairs during the interim period while a successor is appointed."
Tony Pulis and former Boro skipper Nigel Pearson have been linked with the job as Boro, who are 9/1 to be promoted this season, prepare for a visit of Bolton to the Riverside Stadium on Boxing Day.
Boro are 8/15 to make it two wins on the bounce, while the struggling Trotters are priced at 6/1 and the draw is available at 10/3.
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