Middlesbrough have appointed Michael Carrick as their new manager and his first game will come against Preston North End.

Boro were one of the favourites for promotion before the season started.

Chris Wilder knows the Championship well and after adding the likes of Zack Steffen, Ryan Giles, Darragh Lenihan, Matthew Clarke and Marcus Forss, Boro looked to be in a strong position.

Everything fell apart for Boro though and they managed just two wins in the first 11 games of the season.

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That saw Wilder lose his job and Boro have spent the last three weeks trying to find his replacement.

Since sacking Wilder, Middlesbrough have won two, lost two and drawn one.

Middlesbrough have now confirmed their new boss with Michael Carrick heading to the Riverside Stadium as head coach.

Jonathan Woodgate will join Carrick at Middlesbrough and the hope is that he can succeed where Wilder ultimately failed.

Carrick hails from the North East and can now start his managerial career after leaving Manchester United.

Carrick was United’s caretaker boss after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and left following Ralf Rangnick’s arrival.

The 41-year-old was then linked with the PNE job as The Sun claimed North End officials had discussed making a move.

That job instead went to Ryan Lowe, and as luck would have it, Carrick’s first game in charge of Boro will come against… Lowe’s North End.

Carrick will be heading to Deepdale this coming weekend for his first game as Middlesbrough boss and would of course love a debut victory.

Boro lost 4-1 at Deepdale in May and were also beaten 2-1 by North End at home and Carrick must now do something Wilder never did and beat PNE as Middlesbrough boss.

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