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Middlesbrough next manager after Jonathan Woodgate

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Newly appointed Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate was born in Nunthorpe in 1980. At 39 years old, Woodgate has only recently retired as a player and his hometown club is his first venture into management.

As a player, Jonathan Woodgate spent his early years at Yorkshire club Leeds United. Here he would play over one hundred times as a centre half and impress many commentators with his defensive abilities and footballing maturity. This was an incredibly successful time for Leeds, they played in the Champions League, even reaching the semi-final in 2001 before losing to Valencia. Even with world-class defenders like Rio Ferdinand at the club, Woodgate shone. Eventually, he was forced to leave the club, joining Newcastle United in 2003. 

Woodgate spent one full season with the Magpies, playing 28 times. Again, Woodgate would impress, although he did begin to suffer from injuries which would later upset his career.

One of the more illustrious phases of Woodgate's career, at least on face value, came when he moved to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Woodgate spent two seasons in the Spanish capital, in the first of which he failed to make a single appearance - injuries again were destabilising his career. Woodgate made his debut in 2005, in a match which has since become one of the iconic footballing debuts, but, for Woodgate at least, for all the wrong reasons. The English centre-half would score an own goal and then later was dismissed from the field of play after a second yellow card. Had it not been for injuries, its likely Woodgate would have been a more regular feature for Los Meringues - when he was fit, Woodgate was one of the first names on the team sheet. However, these occasions were rare and ultimately Woodgate would play just 14 games for the club, scoring two goals.

In 2006, Woodgate would bring an end to his time abroad, deciding to move to his boyhood club Middlesbrough in the first of two stints at the Riverside as a player. He would also, of course, later return as manager. The move was initially one on loan, but Boro decided to make the move permanent the following year for a fee of £7 million. In this first stint, Woodgate would appear 52 times for Boro before moving to London to join Harry Redknapp's Tottenham Hotspur.

At this point in time, Spurs were beginning to knock on the door of the so-called 'big 4' of Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Woodgate was a fine addition to their defence where he was able to bring a great deal of solidity. At this point in time, Woodgate was regularly in contention for a place in the England squad, even with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and Jamie Carragher to compete with. Woodgate, and indeed Tottenham's, the highlight in his time at the club came when he scored the winning goal in the League Cup final. Woodgate would captain Spurs a number of times during his four-year stint with the club. Once again, Woodgate would struggle with fitness and in his final two seasons with the side, he featured just three times.

Seeking a fresh start, Woodgate joined Stoke City, this would prove to be Woodgate's last top-flight adventure. He regained some of his fitness and would play 17 times for Tony Pulis's side. Stoke were competing in Europe at the time and Woodgate was considered something of a coop. His form would dip towards the end of his one and only season with the club, however. He chose to leave the side at the end of the 2011/12 season.

Woodgate rejoined his boyhood club Middlesbrough for the final few years of his career. Boro were, and still are, competing at the Championship and Woodgate was seen as probably at the top end of Championship players at this point in his career. His first two seasons were a relative success, he appeared nearly 50 times in the Championship before, unsurprisingly, injuries began to trouble him. He retired during the 2015/16 season having not made an appearance for over a year.

Despite the sad end to his playing days, Woodgate's fortunes changed when he was offered the job of Boro boss after a few seasons climbing the coaching ladder within the club. He will take charge of the club for the first time at the start of the 2019/20 season. Boro did not fare particularly well in the Championship last season but with a talented crop of players and a fresh face as manager, they will be hopeful of promotion back to the Premier League.


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