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Tony Pulis the frontrunner to succeed Garry Monk at Boro - sources

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis gestures during match against Chelsea
Former West Brom manager Tony Pulis could be set to take charge at Middlesbrough.

Former West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis is the frontrunner for the vacant manager's job at Middlesbrough, according to sources close to the manager.

Middlesbrough are searching for a new manager following the sacking of Garry Monk just hours after the win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Pulis, who was sacked by West Brom last month, has been linked with the jobs at Swansea City and Stoke City recently, but Middlesbrough are hoping to lure him to the Riverside.

Former Swansea and Leeds United boss Monk took charge of Middlesbrough in the summer and was tasked with leading them back to the Premier League this season.

However, despite spending heavily in the transfer market Middlesbrough have struggled in the Championship, winning just 10 of their 23 league games to leave them in ninth spot.

Middlesbrough are now ready to turn to Pulis to try and get their promotion bid back on track.

The Welshman, who has also managed Stoke City and Crystal Palace in the Premier League, is keen to get back into management after leaving West Brom and open to the idea of taking over at Middlesbrough.

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