Michael Carrick is leading the race to become Middlesbrough’s new manager and could return to the touchline as soon as Saturday.
Carrick has been out of the action for close to a year following his short stint as Manchester United’s caretaker manager. He took charge of three United games after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking and impressively remained undefeated after facing resilient Villarreal in the Champions League and Arsenal and Chelsea in the Premier League.
Ralf Rangnick, who was brought in as the interim manager at Carrington, wanted to keep Carrick in his backroom staff. But the Englishman decided to take some time away from the game after 15 years at Old Trafford as a player and coach.
Now, Carrick is determined to land his first full-time managerial role and is in line to be appointed as the next boss of Middlesbrough.
Talks with the Championship club stalled last week, but he remained owner Steven Gibson’s preferred pick to replace Chris Wilder.
According to The Sun, fresh discussions have taken place over the last 24 hours. If things go as planned, Carrick could lead the side against Huddersfield this weekend.
Kieran McKenna, who was a part of Solskjaer’s coaching staff alongside Carrick also left his position in December of last year. He’s been thriving in English football’s lower tier with Ipswich Town, and Carrick would certainly hope to have a similar experience at the Riverside Stadium.