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Middlesbrough appoint Tony Pulis as new boss

Tony Pulis was sacked by West Brom and replaced by Alan Pardew. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have appointed Tony Pulis as manager following the departure of Garry Monk.

The Sky Bet Championship club parted company with Monk on Saturday after the 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday left them ninth in the table.

Pulis has been out of work since November when he left Premier League strugglers West Brom, but the Teesside club have now announced he will be the man they hope can lead them to promotion.

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Gareth Barry is now the Premier League record appearance holder

Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs' Premier League appearance record Credit: PA

Aged 36, West Brom midfielder Barry set a new Premier League appearance record, breaking that previously held by Ryan Giggs, and Pulis said of his captain for the evening: "Gareth has been a wonderful professional and still is.

"We hope he keeps performing like that until the end of the season."

In his programme notes, Wenger wrote: "It's an incredible achievement but he is a marvellous player.

"He's been underrated because he is always focused, determined, strong in the challenge, has good vision, a top-quality left foot and is also a very good defender.

"He's a very intelligent player on the pitch and breaking Ryan Giggs' record is a remarkable achievement because it shows this guy has dedicated his life to the game."

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