Chris Wilder sacked: Boro have three names in contention, with former Leeds coach wanted

Carlos Corberan gesturing from the touchline

Middlesbrough are considering three contenders to become their new manager, sources have told TEAMtalk, after the club on Monday confirmed the sacking of under-pressure Chris Wilder.

The former Sheffield United manager was named Boro boss back last November as successor to Neil Warnock. And he oversaw an immediate improvement at the Riverside as Boro mounted a push for the play-offs. Ultimately, that saw the club fall short, finishing five points adrift in seventh place.

However, hopes were alive that Boro would mount a solid challenge for promotion this time around. The Teessiders started the new season among the favourites for promotion. And with Wilder having achieved the feat with the Blades, they were seen as genuine contenders.

But little has gone right for Middlesbrough this season. The club has won just two of their 11 games so far with supporter unrest growing by the week.

Recent links with the Bournemouth managerial vacancy also did little to help opinion on him among the Boro faithful. And following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to bottom-of-the-table Coventry, the club has now wielded the axe.

In a very brief statement on the club’s official website, they wrote: “The club would like to place on record its thanks to Chris and his staff for all their hard work over the past 11 months.”

They added: “Leo Percovich will take over first team affairs in the interim basis, assisted by Craig Liddle, Mark Tinkler and Lee Cattermole.”

Next Rob Edwards and Carlos Corberan wanted

The Teessiders are now considering the next man to take the helm on Teesside and have seemingly three names in contention.

And sources have told TEAMtalk that former Watford boss Rob Edwards is one of the top candidates in the frame.

Edwards was axed as Watford manager just last Monday and could now be set for an immediate return to management.

The Teessiders plan to interview Edwards for the vacancy later this week.

TEAMtalk also understands that former Leeds coach Carlos Corberan is also under consideration.

He will also be interviewed this week by the club, with the Spaniard recently fired by Olympiacos after just seven weeks in charge.

But he has a solid reputation in the English game after learning his trade as Leeds U23s coach under Marcelo Bielsa.

He was also just one game from leading Huddersfield back into the Premier League. The unfancied Terriers shocked plenty by making it all the way to the play-off final, only to lose 1-0 to Nottingham Forest.

As such, Boro also consider him as a candidate, sources have informed us.

In addition, Boro are also looking at Mark Robins, we understand.

Robins is the manager of Saturday’s victors Coventry, having been in charge there since 2017. Having overseen their rise from League Two back into the Championship.

They finished an impressive 12th last season, at one stage appearing candidates to finish in the play-offs places. That challenge ultimately faded away but Robins’ role in their rise has certainly impressed Boro chiefs.

That said, Coventry currently find themselves bottom of the Championship after a difficult start this time around.