MIDDLESBROUGH have appointed former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder as their new manager.

Wilder succeeds Neil Warnock, who left the club following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Wilder had been out of work since leaving the Bramall Lane - where he had been in charge for five years – back in March.

The 54-year-old guided the South Yorkshire club from the third tier to the top-flight, but they struggled last season and were bottom of the Premier League when he made way.

Wilder - who began his managerial career with non-League Alfreton Town 20 years ago - also had spells at Halifax, Oxford and Northampton.

He took Oxford back into the Football League in 2010 and also won League Two with Northampton in 2016.

Wilder will be joined at the Riverside by his long-serving assistant Alan Knill.

A statement on the club’s website read: “The club are delighted to confirm the appointment of Chris Wilder as our new manager.”

Boro sit 14th in the Championship table – four points behind Rovers – having taken 22 points from their opening 17 matches.

The points were shared when the sides met at the Riverside back in August, with Jonny Howson cancelling out Sam Gallagher’s opener.

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