Monk set for management return at Middlesbrough


LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Garry Monk manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on March 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Middlesbrough are close to appointing Garry Monk as their new head coach.

TEAMtalk understands chairman Steve Gibson is ready to hand the former Swansea and Leeds boss a way back into the game following his Elland Road exit.

Monk will become Aitor Karanka’s permanent replacement, after assistant Steve Agnew stepped in for the final 11 games of the season but was unable to spare the club from relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.

He will face the task of trying to secure a second promotion from the Sky Bet Championship in three years, and will do so with the core of the squad which achieved that feat at the end of the 2015-16 campaign largely intact.

Former Boro defender Nigel Pearson was another strong candidate but it is Monk, who has also been linked with the job at Sunderland, who has got the nod.