Ex-Sunderland captain to move into first-team coaching role at Middlesbrough following Chris Wilder sacking

Former Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole will move into an assistant coaching role with Middlesbrough’s first-team following Chris Wilder’s sacking at the Riverside.

Boro have announced that Wilder’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Coventry, which has left the club 22nd in the Championship.

A club statement revealed that Leo Percovich will take over first-team affairs on an interim basis, and will be assisted by Craig Liddle, Mark Tinkler and Cattermole.

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Cattermole was appointed Boro’s under-18s coach in January after retiring as a player in 2020.

Chris Wilder has been sacked by Middlesbrough. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Boro have won just two of their 11 Championship games this season, including a 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Riverside last month.

When asked about Wilder’s sacking, Black Cats boss and former Boro captain Tony Mowbray said: “It’s an emotional rollercoaster professional football management these days and we all understand that you have to win games.

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“I would have looked at Chris Wilder, the team and players that they had, everybody would have had Middlesbrough up in the top six competing.

“What I would say is that they still very much could do that because if you look at third bottom to sixth top is only five or six points.

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“The league is really, really congested and a win can catapulte you up into the top six, and a defeat can drop you down to the bottom half of the table.”

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Boro will now prepare for Wednesday’s home game against Birmingham City.

The Teessiders will then face a trip to Millwall this weekend.