Middlesbrough confirmed the departure of manager Tony Mowbray on Monday evening, following a string of poor performances.
Mowbray ascended to the Teesside throne in October 2010, replacing enigmatic Scotsman Gordon Strachan as Middlesbrough boss. In his debut season, Mowbray lead 'Boro to a 12th-placed finish in the Championship.
Mowbray was appointed with a view to returning the club to the Premier League, a feat that he had achieved with West Bromwich Albion in the 2007/08 season - winning the Championship title in the process. He later moved to Glasgow giants Celtic after the conclusion of the following Premier League season, in which his West Brom side were relegated back to the second tier.
Famed for an attractive style of play, Mowbray's arrival at the Riverside ushered in a positive aura at the club, but it was not to last. In the 2011/12 season, Middlesbrough failed to secure a place in the Championship play-offs, despite being in the top six for the vast majority of the season. The club finished seventh, having been beaten to sixth place by Leicester City.
The following season proved to be even worse, with the club entering complete turmoil at the turn of the year, finishing in 16th position having flirted at length with relegation before the run-in, where they obtained enough points to avoid the drop.
This season has provided very little in terms of improvement, with the club yet again 16th after the opening twelve games of the season. To date, Mowbray's side have won just two of their twelve league games, whilst Accrington Stanley - currently rock-bottom of League Two -dumped 'Boro out of the League Cup.
Saturday's 3-2 defeat at the hands of Barnsley evidently proved the final straw for traditionally patient chairman Steve Gibson. The club have announced that Mark Venus will remain in charge until a permanent replacement is found.
Middlesbrough's next game is at home to Doncaster Rovers on Friday night. Doncaster currently have 12 points, like their Boro counterparts, but find themselves one place lower, in 17th by virtue of their inferior goal difference.
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