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Ravanelli wants to return to Middlesbrough as manager

Ravanelli is up for management at Middlesbrough. Credit: PA

Fabrizio Ravanelli wants to become Middlesbrough's next manager and has asked chairman Steve Gibson to call him.

Gibson has yet to decide who will be in charge at the Riverside next season following Middlesbrough's relegation from the Premier League.

Steve Agnew, who was appointed interim head coach after Aitor Karanka's departure in March, has held discussions with Gibson about next season but speculation persists that Garry Monk or Nigel Pearson could be appointed.

But former Boro favourite Ravanelli believes he is the man to lead what he says has the potential to be a top-10 club in England.

"I was very disappointed to see Middlesbrough relegated, for the club, for the fans, for everybody," Ravanelli told Press Association Sport.

"But now it is important to start again. The club must show a lot of ambition because Middlesbrough has the potential to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League.

"I would love the opportunity to arrive for me to get the manager's job at Middlesbrough.

"If Steve Gibson called me, no problem. That would be good.

"The Championship is a good league with a lot of quality teams."

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Middlesbrough charged by FA over Sane protests

Middlesbrough players reacted furiously to referee Kevin Friend's decision to award Manchester City a penalty. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have been charged with failing to control their players following an eventful 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester City.

The charge relates to an incident in the 66th minute of Sunday's game at the Riverside Stadium after referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty to the visitors while the home side were leading 1-0.

Middlesbrough players were convinced that Leroy Sane had engineered contact with Marten de Roon in the penalty area, but the decision stood and Sergio Aguero converted the spot kick.

Middlesbrough have been charged for misconduct following the game against Manchester City on Sunday.

It is alleged that in or around the 66th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. The club have until 6pm on May 5 2017 to respond to the charge.

– FA statement

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