Michael Carrick will become the new manager of Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson welcomed Michael Carrick. It is obvious that the club and Michael have the same ambitions and philosophy, so it was not difficult to arrange this kind of cooperation.
“We’re delighted to welcome Michael to the club,” said Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson in a statement. “We had identified a number of potentials for the vacancy who we spoke with, and were impressed by all, but Michael was the outstanding candidate.
“Michael has the same values as the club, and we are very much aligned in our ambitions.
“We see Michael as the perfect fit for us and he believes this is the right club at the right time”.
Michael Carrick is happy
Michael Carrick could not hide his happiness by coming to such a club. This is exactly the club where it all started. “I’m really excited to be here and to be part of a club with such a deep history and tradition,” said Carrick.
"Middlesbrough was the first professional club I played for as a nine-year old boy, so it’s a very special feeling to be back here as a head coach.
"Growing up in the north-east myself I’m fully aware of what football means to people.
It’s a real privilege for me to be in this position and to feel all the passion and enthusiasm you’ve got for the game and for Boro.
"I’ll give everything to help develop the team and keep moving the club forward and make you the supporters proud.
"I can’t wait to get started”.
Young players will be happy to hear this from Carrick; “I’m hugely passionate about giving young players a chance. I’m sitting here as somebody who had to be given a chance as a younger player, and I fully appreciate how lucky I was to be given that chance.
"I sit in this position now aware that, in looking after the first team, of course results on the pitch matter and you have to create a winning team. But the football club is about a lot more than that. It’s about the supporters and the people that work here and it’s certainly about giving the youngsters a chance and a belief that they come through that academy with the hope of an opportunity.
"If the boys are good enough coming through then we will definitely do that because it’s something I’m hugely passionate about. I know the staff here are too, and it connects the whole club together, which is the ultimate aim."