Middlesbrough FC

Middlesbrough axe Neil Warnock and line-up Chris Wilder

Graeme Bailey
Neil Warnock has left Middlesbrough
Neil Warnock has left Middlesbrough / Alex Pantling/GettyImages
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Middlesbrough have parted company with Neil Warnock and it is understood they already know the man they want to replace him.

90min has been told that former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is in line to take charge at The Riverside following Warnock's departure.

Boro made their move to axe Warnock after just 17 months in charge, after originally coming in last year to replace Jonathan Woodgate and save the club from relegation - which he did.

Warnock is believed to have informed his players ahead of their 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion that he would be leaving the club. He departs with Boro sat in 15th in the Championship.

Boro confirmed the news after the game, and their statement read: "Middlesbrough FC have parted company with manager Neil Warnock by mutual consent.

"The decision was reached after talks between the two parties and Neil leaves the club with the best wishes of all.

"Neil broke the record in English football earlier this week when he clocked up 1,602 games as an English manager, an amazing achievement that is unlikely to be beaten."

90min understands that Middlesbrough's players were informed by Warnock that Wilder was the man coming in to replace him at the helm.

It is believed Warnock did not see eye-to-eye with the club's new sporting director Kieran Scott, who made most of the deals for Boro this summer, and he is understood to have singled out Wilder.

Warnock revealed that despite Boro's insistence that his departure was by 'mutual consent' he was not happy with some aspects behind the scenes.

"I haven’t had much support from the club, with the exception of Steve.

“I understand they want to look beyond this season, but I think if I’d have had the full support in the summer we could have done it this season.

“I am disappointed, but it’s life. I won’t fall out with Steve [Gibson]. He’s been brilliant. I just wish he’d have been more hands on than leaving it to other people. I am a bit frustrated. Even Steve said he felt he let me down a bit.

“We just missed out on a few lads I feel could have really got us up there in the top two or three. That’s with the signings I wanted.

“But unfortunately it wasn’t to be and the club are going down a different direction regarding recruitment and that’s fair enough.

“I thought we were very close to getting a few to start with, but it was like extracting teeth to get them overboard. It just never happened and one by one other clubs signed them as we hesitated too much and missed out.”

Boro are expected to confirm Wilder as their new manager early next week. Middlesbrough's next game is against Millwall, after the forthcoming international break.

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