At the start of the 2022/23 season, Middlesbrough were one of the favourites for automatic promotion to the Premier League, however, Boro’s campaign didn’t start off the way they had planned.
Chris Wilder started off as the Teesside club’s manager, but, was sacked after winning just two of his first 11 games, seeing Middlesbrough sat in the Championship’s relegation zone. This meant that Uruguayan coach Leo Percovich oversaw five matches as Interim Manager, with the 55-year-old ending up with a respectable record of two wins and a draw in five matches. Since then, Percovich has moved back into his role of Head of Player Pathway and Development at the Riverside Stadium.
There was a lot of speculation around who should be Middlesbrough’s next manager, however, Michael Carrick stepped in to replace he ex-Sheffield United boss and has been somewhat of a revelation. The former Manchester United midfielder has managed to win 18 and draw four of his first 31 matches in charge, equating to a 58% win percentage in what is his first permanent managerial job.
These results have seen the Boro go from 17 points on matchday 16 to 75 after 46 matches, a considerable increase with many posing the question of where would the Riverside club be if the 41-year-old has taken the reins at the start of the campaign.