Middlesbrough (16/1 for relegation) have parted company with manager Chris Wilder following a poor start to the Championship season which sees them lie 22nd in the table.

Wilder was appointed in November 2021 to replace Neil Warnock and he had a good first season in charge, guiding them to the cusp of the play-off places.

They also had an impressive run in the FA Cup with big scalps taken against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Much was therefore expected of them this season but they have failed to pick up results, winning only two of their 11 Championship games so far. The final straw came on Saturday as Boro went down to a 1-0 defeat against Coventry City, who are bottom of the league.

Wilder was widely seen as a shrewd appointment following his success at Sheffield United in taking them from League One to the Premier League.

A similar trajectory was predicted for Boro but they are already 13 points adrift of second-placed Norwich.

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Goalkeeping coach Leo Percovich has been placed in temporary charge, with coaches Craig Liddle, Lee Cattermole and Mark Tinkler all assisting him.

Their first match in charge will be on Wednesday against Birmingham City (Middlesbrough 4/6, draw 11/4, Birmingham 5/1 – match betting) at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro’s last win came early last month when they defeated Sunderland 1-0 at home with a Riverside victory against Swansea being their only other triumph.

No news has been confirmed yet on Wilder’s successor as they look for a sixth manager in five years.

They have been out of the top-flight since 2017 when Aitor Karanka guided them up for one season before relegation.

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