Tony Pulis appointed as Middlesbrough manager

Tony Pulis has been confirmed as the new manager of Middlesbrough.

Sky Sports reports that the 59-year-old had been in talks with the club following the sack of Garry Monk.

Pulis, was sacked in November by the Baggies after the club were thrashed 4-0 by Chelsea.

“I wanted a challenge – a real challenge – and this reminds me so much of Stoke when I went there with Peter Coates,” Pulis said.

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“Steve Gibson [the Middlesbrough chairman] is a football man who understands the game. I have great respect for him as a person and an owner.

“I really am looking forward to this. The immediate challenge is finding out about the football club and as a team we have to get as many points as can, as quickly as we can.

“I wanted to come at this time because we have so many games in a short space of time, and I can assess everything,”‎ he added.

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