Riverside role for Pulis

26 December 2017 07:06:43 EST

Middlesbrough have appointed Tony Pulis as their new manager just three days after parting company with Garry Monk.

Former Swansea City and Leeds United boss Monk had only been in charge at the Riverside Stadium since June and his departure was confirmed after Saturday's 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Pulis was sacked by West Brom last month after a 4-0 home loss to Chelsea.

The 60-year-old was appointed as Albion boss in January 2015 following Alan Irvine's sacking.

Before his spell at The Hawthorns, Pulis was in charge of Bournemouth, Gillingham, Bristol City, Portsmouth, Stoke City, Plymouth Argyle and Crystal Palace.

He guided Albion to 14th spot in 2015/16 and tenth last term but they are currently 4/11 to be relegated this season after a 17-match winless sequence.

Middlesbrough are 8/1 to be promoted this term following their relegation from the Premier League in 2016/17.

Boro chairman Steve Gibson said: "We're delighted to appoint Tony as our new manager. His experience and knowledge speaks for itself and he has a tremendous track record.

"We're excited by this appointment and by what Tony can bring to this football club. There was strong interest from two other clubs and we're delighted Tony has decided to join us.

"There's no disguising that 2017 has not been a happy year for any of us, but we're refocused and we're looking forward to the future."

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