Date: 25th December 2017 at 11:53pm
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Middlesbrough are in discussions with Tony Pulis over becoming their next manager.

The Teessiders dismissed Garry Monk after just six months in charge following their weekend 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday.

Pulis was himself sacked by West Bromwich Albion last month, but is already the front-runner to replace him, according to SkySports.

The vastly-experienced 59-year-old already has previous managerial stints at Bournemouth, Gillingham, Bristol City, Portsmouth, Stoke City [twice], Plymouth Argyle and Crystal Palace.

Boro owner Steve Gibson is said to favour a quick appointment due to the busy fixture schedule, with his club still currently outside the play-offs.