Championship side Middlesbrough have appointed Tony Pulis as first team manager less than two months after the Welshman was relieved of his duties at West Brom.
The 59 year-old revealed on the club’s website his desire for a new challenge adding that his latest appointment reminds him of his time at Stoke City.
“I wanted a challenge – a real challenge – and this reminds me so much of Stoke when I went there with Peter Coates. Steve Gibson 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,” he said.
Boro chairman Steve Gibson said: “We’re delighted to appoint Tony as our new manager. His experience and knowledge speaks for itself and he has a tremendous track record.
“We’re excited by this appointment and by what Tony can bring to this football club. There was strong interest from two other clubs, and we’re delighted Tony has decided to join us.”
Tony Pulis will replace Garry Monk who was sacked three days ago following a poor run of form.