Gordon Strachan has joined Middlesbrough in search of "something different" from his previous managerial experiences.

The former Celtic, Southampton and Coventry boss was today unveiled at Middlesbrough - who last week dismissed Gareth Southgate following the club's relegation to the Coca-Cola Championship last season.

Asked why he decided Middlesbrough was now the club for him, the 52-year-old former Scotland midfielder said: "I don't need to be here, I don't have to be here. I'm here because I want to be here."

He added: "When I left Celtic I told everyone close to me that it would be very difficult for me to retrace my steps in terms of the excitement there.

"I felt I had to do something different. I have a chance of something different here."

Describing his new position as a "special job", he cited the board's commitment to stick with the managers they appoint as a telling factor in his decision to go to the Riverside.

"I also know you get time here, and the stability of the club means you have the chance to develop things the way you would like to see them develop," he pointed out.

"Celtic was fantastic, and I hope it can be as enjoyable here."

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