Middlesbrough have agreed terms with Neil Warnock to take charge of the club on a permanent basis, we can reveal.
The veteran manager arrived in June, just one game after the season re-started.
Boro’s Championship status was very much in doubt at that stage but the 71-year-old guided them to safety.
Now Warnock has made his plans clear to Gibson, including wanting control over the club’s transfers.
Boro will be working on a tight budget and will need their money to go a long way.
Warnock’s backroom staff have been working on targets for a number of weeks to try and give them an advantage in bringing in the names they want.
Boro are expected to officially announce the deal before the weekend. But the new management team are already well on with plans for next season.
Warnock knows the Boro squad needs major surgery, with players needed in every department. But that is likely to mean that some of the club’s most valuable will have to be sold.
The likes of Dael Fry, Marcus Tavernier, Britt Assombalonga, Djed Spence and Ashley Fletcher are all attracting interest.
BORO CLOSING IN ON NEW LEFT-BACK
Meanwhile, we understand that Stoke are on course to win the battle for Welsh left-back Morgan Fox.
Fox decided against signing a new contract at Sheffield Wednesday, who offered him a long-term deal after an excellent campaign.
Now the former Charlton man has a host of clubs chasing his signature.