OFFICIAL: Former Man United star & caretaker Michael Carrick coaches Middlesbrough

Boro are now languishing in 12th place in the standings and Carrick will mark his debut as head coach at Preston this weekend.

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Michael Carrick has been officially appointed as the new manager of Championship club Middlesbrough.

Previously, Middlesbrough had not had a permanent manager since Chris Wilder was sacked on 3 October.

Carrick has returned to his coaching career since filling the interim coach post in three of Manchester United’s games after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2021.

The new coach had said that this was not the right time to return to football. However, he changed his mind after the follow-up talks were positive.

“Middlesbrough was the first professional club I played for as a nine-year-old boy, it’s a very special feeling to be back here as head coach,” said Carrick.

“Growing up in the north east of England, I am fully aware of what football means to people here. It’s a privilege for me to be in this position, feeling all the passion and enthusiasm you have for football and Boro.”

On his debut as head coach, Carrick will be assisted by Jonathan Woodgate. The former Boro player returns to The Riverside after becoming manager in the period June 2019–June 2020.

Carrick, who has also played for West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur, made 463 appearances for Man United during his 12-year career at Old Trafford. In total, he won 17 trophies for the Red Devils before retiring in 2018.

The coach also pocketed 34 caps in the England national team from 2001–2015, and was part of the Three Lions squad at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

After retiring, Carrick became part of United’s coaching staff. Initially he was under Jose Mourinho for a short time until the Portuguese was sacked and then – more notably – under Solskjaer during the almost three years of the Norwegian tactician.

When Solskjaer was sacked, Carrick led Man United to wins over Villarreal in the Champions League and Arsenal in the Premier League – with draws against Chelsea in between – before he resigned.