Former Man Utd manager among the favourites for Middlesbrough job

This ex-Red Devils player is yet to take his first steps into permanent management after being caretaker boss at Old Trafford last year.

Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is among the favourites to replace Chris Wilder as manager of Middlesbrough.

The Yorkshireman was sacked as Boro boss following their 1-0 defeat to Coventry City on Saturday.

Leo Percovich has been in temporary charge of Middlesbrough since Wilder’s dismissal, and will take charge of the team when they welcome Birmingham City to the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday.

Boro are yet to appoint a new manager since Wilder’s departure, but will want to have a permanent boss in charge as soon as possible with the club sat 22nd in the Championship.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Middlesborough manager Chris Wilder looks on during the Sky Bet Championship between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on August 17, 2022 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

With Middlesbrough yet to confirm a new man at the helm, it’s no surprise a number of candidates have been linked with the job.

Who is favourite for the job?

As per SkyBet, Rob Edwards is the favourite to be the next Boro manager, and is priced at 1/4.

Current Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper can be backed at 6/1, while Carlos Corberan is 7/1.

Next is ex-Boro midfielder Gary O’Neil and Sean Dyche (12/1), then Scott Parker at a price of 16/1.

Other names being mentioned include Gary Rowett, Mark Robins, Nigel Pearson, Michael Carrick, Aitor Karanka and Liam Rosenior.

Carrick’s coaching CV

Carrick joined United’s coaching staff at the end of the 2017-18 season after a 19-year playing career.

Carrick won two of three games in caretaker charge of United last year, drawing the other. Credit: Getty.

He was part of Jose Mourinho’s staff before the latter’s sacking in 2018 and remained in the role when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed, working with the Norwegian for his almost three-year tenure as Red Devils boss.

The former England international took charge of three fixtures as United’s caretaker manager following Solskjaer’s dismissal in November, beating Villarreal and Arsenal, while drawing 1-1 with Chelsea.

Carrick left his role as Red Devils coach upon the arrival of interim manager Ralf Rangnick and has been without a job since.