Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson was on Tuesday launching his search for a new manager after Gordon Strachan tore up his contract with the struggling club.

Gibson revealed his telephone was ringing off the hook once it emerged that Strachan's stay at the Riverside Stadium was coming to an end on Monday night.

The 53-year-old Scot, who succeeded Gareth Southgate last year, offered his resignation and chose to walk away without compensation after a spell on Teesside which brought only 13 victories in 46 attempts.

Gibson, a fan himself, promised he would do all within his power to forge a recovery at a club which barely four years ago played in the UEFA Cup final.

He told BBC Tees: "It would be dishonest to day I have enjoyed the last two or three years - I am a Middlesbrough fan, it has been bloody awful. But I am the one guy who can have more influence than anybody else in changing that around.

"It's time to dig deep, it is time to be ferocious in our commitment and to be tenacious.

"That's what we have got to do and that's what we are going to do, and let's turn this club around. It won't be overnight, but we will turn this club around."

The name of former Middlesbrough defender Tony Mowbray has been on the lips of Strachan's sternest critics for some time, but Gibson was refusing to put forward names as he considered a list of potential candidates, with speculation also linking the likes of Paul Ince, Paul Jewell and Alan Curbishley with the job.

While he is giving nothing away, Gibson is confident the club remains an attractive proposition.

He said: "I think we are very attractive with our facilities, with our fans. We have got to be as good as it gets, certainly in the Championship. We have got a long Premier League pedigree with no small success in the last decade."

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