Michael Carrick has been appointed as Head Coach of Middlesbrough FC on a three-year contract until June 2025.
Carrick arrives at Boro with a wealth of experience after having previously played for Manchester United between 2006-2018, before he took interim charge for three matches between November – December 2021 from which Utd won twice and drew once.
Across his time at Old Trafford as a player, Carrick won 17 trophies in all competitions of which six of those honours came in Community Shield, although he has also won Premier Leage, EFL Cup, FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League and FIFA Club World Cup titles.
“I’m really excited to be here and to be part of a club with such a deep history and tradition,” commented Carrick who previously had a trial at the club at age of nine years-old which made taking charge of the club as manager as a “very special” privilege.
This move also sees Carrick returns to his home region and he acknowledged the importance of football for North-East fans, as he said: “Growing up in the north-east myself I’m fully aware of what football means to people.
“It’s a real privilege for me to be in this position and to feel all the passion and enthusiasm you’ve got for the game and for Boro.”
Middlesbrough currently sit 21st in Sky Bet Championship and one point above the relegation zone but Carrick isn’t disillusioned by the tough task ahead as he vowed to “give everything to help develop the team and keep moving the club forward” whilst keeping supporters happy.
Club chairman, Steve Gibson is “delighted” to welcome Carrick to the club after he was judged as “the outstanding candidate” following a thorough recruitment process.
Explaining why he sees Carrick as the right Head Coach for Boro, Gibson commented: “Michael has the same values as the club, and we are very much aligned in our ambitions.
“We see Michael as the perfect fit for us and he believes this is the right club at the right time.”
Carrick will be assisted by ex Boro coach, Jonathan Woodgate with other coaching appointments set to be announced in due course, whilst caretaker manager – Leo Percovich will become Head of Player Pathway and Development.
Carrick’s first match in charge will see Boro visit Preston at Deepdale in a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday 29 October, whilst his first home match at Riverside Stadium will see the club face Bristol City on Saturday 5 November in a 3pm GMT kick-off.