Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has taken a hands-on approach to the appointment of the club’s next boss, having met with former Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic on Wednesday.
Gibson feels Jokanovic is one of the best managers available and wanted to talk with him – but he would come at a big price.
The Serb, who has guided Watford and Fulham to promotion in recent years, has already priced himself out of deals with the likes of Stoke, Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion in recent months.
Jokanovic informed Gibson of his requirements, which include a sizeable budget to cover transfers and staff, as well as his own personal wage which would make him the highest paid in the club’s history – but it remains to be seen if Gibson will be willing to splash out.
Boro made it clear in January that they would not be spending big, and Gibson made it known after parting ways with Tony Pulis they would be looking at someone who was ready to bring through the club’s youth – given their limited resources as their Premier League parachute payments have now stopped.
As TEAMtalk exclusively revealed prior to Pulis’s departure, first-team coach Jonathan Woodgate remains firmly in contention to take charge, with Gibson having a history of appointing first-time managers – the likes of Bryan Robson, Gareth Southgate, Steve McClaren and Aitor Karnaka have all been taken the first steps on the managerial ladder with Boro.
Boro are set to talk to a number of different candidates before naming their new boss with the likes of Danny Cowley, Nigel Pearson and John Terry also linked – but sources close to the club believe that Gibson has already identified the man he wants.
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