Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has vowed to take his time to get the right man for the vacant manager's job at the Riverside Stadium.

Gibson was starting the process of talking to potential candidates having accepted Gordon Strachan's resignation on Monday following a dreadful run of results for the pre-season promotion favourites. The chairman is due to attend Tuesday evening's npower Championship clash with Nottingham Forest as Boro attempt to kick-start their season.

Gibson told Boro's official website, www.mfc.co.uk: "We will take as much time as is necessary. We have got to get it right. We are not going to rush into a management appointment, we are going to look at it carefully."

Having placed coaches Steve Agnew and Mark Proctor in charge in the short term, he is determined that his next appointment will be one which will take the club forward following an alarming decline during the four years since their UEFA Cup final appearance.

He added: "We are going to have a lot of debate and a lot of discussion with potential managers and we will make a decision when it is appropriate to do so."

Old boy Tony Mowbray, who is still being paid by Celtic under his severance package, is favourite with both the fans and the bookmakers, with Ladbrokes having installed him as a 1/3 shot to replace Strachan, while Paul Ince, Alan Pardew and Phil Brown are hot on his heels.

Gibson has no problem with supporters speculating over the new manager, but he is keeping his cards close to his chest.

He said: "We want the interest, we want the gossip, we need them to talk about the club. My big worry is the day that they don't.

"I understand the rumours will be flying around and I will be spotted everywhere from the Park End pub to Jose Mourinho.

"But we will take our time. I don't respond to rumours. We will do what is right for the football club and hopefully, we will get it right."

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