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Boro's new head coach...but who is Jonathan Woodgate?

Woodgate finished his career with Boro Credit: PA

Middlesbrough born footballer Jonathan Woodgate has been confirmed as the new head coach at Middlesbrough FC.

The club released a statement on Friday morning welcoming him to lead the 'new-look senior coaching team.'

Middlesbrough Football Club are delighted to confirm that Jonathan Woodgate will head up a new-look senior coaching team.

Jonathan has been appointed as the club’s new head coach and has agreed a three-year contract.

Our former captain will be joined by his ex-Leeds and Tottenham team-mate, and current Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane, Leo Percovich, who was previously on the coaching staff at the club from 2013-2017, and one-time Boro man Danny Coyne, as goalkeeping coach.

There was huge interest in the coaching positions following the departure of Tony Pulis and in a robust process the club spoke with a number of potential candidates both in the UK and abroad.

It was during this procedure that it became clear that Jonathan was the outstanding candidate to head up the new structure, and his staff bring a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Jonathan’s vision is very much aligned to our own for the club as we look to develop a new identity.

– Middlesbrough Football Club

Who is Jonathan Woodgate?

  • 39
  • Defender
  • Born in Nunthorpe


1993 - Began his footballing career in his hometown of Middlesbrough. He came up through the ranks at Middlesbrough Football Club Youth Club.

1996 - Leeds United Football Club Youth team

1998 - Began his professional career at Leeds United Football Club.

2003 - Joined Newcastle United for £9m

2004 - Real Madrid signed him for £13.4m. Injuries blighted his time in Madrid and he failed to make a single appearance in the entire 2004–05 season. On his debut for Real Madrid, he scored an own goal.

2006 - Marked a return to Middlesbrough as he joined MFC on loan before signing a permanent contract

2008 - Joined Tottenham Hotspur for £8 million.

2011 - signed a pay-as-you-play deal with Stoke City

2012 - returned to Middlesbrough on a free transfer from Premier League side Stoke City.

2016 - Retired from professional football

International career

Gained eight England caps between 1999 and 2008

Woodgate working alongside former manager Tony Pulis Credit: PA

2016 onwards - Woodgate going the Middlesbrough academy coaching staff then went on to become one of Tony Pulis'sassistants Pulis left the job at the end of the season after Boro they missed out on the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.

Woodgate signed for NUFC in 2003 Credit: PA