Championship - Strachan exits Middlesbrough

Mon, 18 Oct 17:10:00 2010

Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan has parted company with the club following a poor start to the season.

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Boro were installed as favourites to win promotion before the Championship campaign began after Strachan made some eye-catching signings in the transfer window.

However, they have struggled to find any real consistency with just three wins from their opening 11 games.

A 2-1 defeat at home to Leeds on Saturday extended Boro's winless run to four matches and left them 20th in the standings, just two points above the relegation zone.

Middlesbrough confirmed Strachan's exit in a statement on their website, stating he departed by mutual consent.

Chairman Steve Gibson said: "Gordon is a man of great integrity. He has torn up his contract and walked away without compensation because he felt it was in the best interests of this football club.

"There are very few managers who have ever done that but that is the mark of the man.

"He feels he has given it everything he has got here but it hasn't worked out and he has taken full responsibility for that.

"He knew that first-team results weren't anything like as good as we had hoped they would be and he agreed that the change had to be made.

"We are now working on a shortlist of potential candidates as Gordon's successor. It is crucial we put the right man in charge so I will not rush into a decision."

Coach Steve Agnew has been put in caretaker charge of the team.

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