Woodgate handed Middlesbrough manager's job

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Jonathan Woodgate will take charge of Middlesbrough next season (AFP Photo/Adrian DENNIS)

Jonathan Woodgate will take charge of Middlesbrough next season

Jonathan Woodgate will take charge of Middlesbrough next season (AFP Photo/Adrian DENNIS)

London (AFP) - Former England international Jonathan Woodgate has been given his first senior managerial role at former club Middlesbrough, the Championship club announced on Friday.

The 39-year-old will be joined by former Leeds and Tottenham teammate Robbie Keane, who forms part of Woodgate's coaching staff.

"Middlesbrough Football Club are delighted to confirm that Jonathan Woodgate will head up a new-look senior coaching team," the club said in a statement.

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"Jonathan has been appointed as the club's new head coach and has agreed a three-year contract."

Woodgate succeeds Tony Pulis, who left at the end of the season after Middlesbrough finished seventh in the Championship to miss out on the promotion playoffs, with fans disgruntled at the style of play as well as results.

"Jonathan's vision is very much aligned to our own for the club as we look to develop a new identity," said Boro chairman Steve Gibson.

Woodgate made a total of 112 appearances for his home-town club in two spells, and ended his illustrious playing days at the Riverside after stints at Leeds, Newcastle, Real Madrid and Stoke.

"We want to get fans on the edge of their seat," said Woodgate.

"We want as many fans back in the stadium as we can by playing attacking, exciting football."

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