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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."