‘I don’t know’: Middlesbrough told top manager target would be a risk

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Former Premier League owner Simon Jordan believes Manchester United’s Michael Carrick will pose a ‘calculated risk’ to Middlesbrough as he closes in on his first ever managerial role at the Championship side in an interview with talkSPORT (October 11, 11.30am).

The team from the North East have been burned before by putting their faith in a once top footballer looking to make his mark in the trenches.

Jonathan Woodgate won just nine of a possible 41 games at the Riverside; Boro owner Steve Gibson was forced to activate the Bat Signal after Woodgate’s departure in 2020, giving Neil Warnock a very real chance of relegation.

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Time will tell if 41-year-old Carrick, Middlesbrough’s number one managerial target according to the Northern Echo, can thrive where Woodgate failed.

The 2008 Champions League winner spent three games in charge of Manchester United on a temporary basis last year. Now he feels ready to step into a leadership role.

Michael Carrick is in talks to become Middlesbrough’s new manager

“Interestingly, in Middlesbrough they have a penchant for liking people associated with Manchester United,” points out Jordan; highlights the previous appointments of Steve McClaren, Bryan Robson and Gordon Strachan.

“Carrick, I don’t know. We don’t know what kind of personality it is. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer presided over the erosion of United’s standards, which included Carrick’s coaching.

“I don’t know Carrick as an individual if he has the ability. We’ve seen some people start jobs who either didn’t cancel them or weren’t given the opportunity to cancel them. It’s a calculated risk.”

Gibson, an owner renowned for his patience, has now fired each of his last five managers after 80 or fewer games at the helm. Wilder, Woodgate, Warnock, Gary Monk and Tony Pulis lasted an average of just 53 games. Carrick would also have little room to spin as Boro are mired in a relegation battle as things stand.

“Steve Gibson is a really good, dedicated owner of the football club. (But) the managers he’s visited recently surprise me,” adds Jordan.

“It depends on what kind of person (Carrick) is; his character is a manger. Do they bring in a coach to bring up the young players? If he talks well, if he gives Gibson the comfort to feel that Middlesbrough will (move) forward, why not?

“But not because he’s Michael Carrick.

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