Tony Pulis has left Middlesbrough, the club has confirmed.
The club confirmed on Friday morning that Pulis’ contract would not be renewed, ending an 18-month reign on Teesside.
A club statement said: “Middlesbrough FC can confirm that the contract of manager Tony Pulis will not be extended.”
Pulis arrived at the Riverside Stadium in December 2017 to replace Garry Monk at the helm and attempt to drag an expensively-assembled squad back into the Premier League at the first attempt in the wake of relegation.
However, Boro lost out to Aston Villa in the play-offs last season after finishing the campaign in fifth place, and despite being in contention for automatic promotion for much of the campaign which has just ended, they slipped away alarmingly and were ultimately pipped to a top-six spot by Derby.
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) May 17, 2019
Middlesbrough have confirmed Tony Pulis has left the club. Highly-regarded first-team coach Jonathan Woodgate firmly in contention to take charge.
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) May 17, 2019
Chairman Steve Gibson said: “I’d like to thank Tony for his hard work and commitment over the past 18 months. He has been a joy to work with and a complete gentleman.
“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.”
‘A more crowd-friendly, attacking approach’
Tony Pulis' managerial record at Middlesbrough:
• 80 games
• 35 wins
• 22 draws
• 23 losses
A 43.75% win rate. https://t.co/UBFWTKJ6u0
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 17, 2019
Understand Middlesbrough are seriously considering coaches in the Eredivisie. A more crowd friendly, attacking approach is what they’re looking for and club hierarchy have been canvassing opinions from Dutch sources on possible replacements for Tony Pulis.
— Steve Crossman (@Steve_Crossman) May 15, 2019
So it's the end of the road for Tony Pulis at Middlesbrough. The Boro fans must be delighted that his contract hasn't been renewed. #MFC
— Kevin Astley (@kevtheman10) May 17, 2019
Tony Pulis leaving Middlesbrough. Another Championship club facing a summer rebuild.
— Alex James (@alexjameshack) May 17, 2019