Carrick accepts first permanent job in management

Monday 24 October 2022 15:13

Everybody at Manchester United is wishing Michael Carrick well after the Reds legend was today announced as Middlesbrough’s new permanent manager.

The 41-year-old enjoyed 12 seasons as a player here at Old Trafford before embarking on a coaching career under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He later became our caretaker manager for three matches when he earned wins over Villarreal and Arsenal, plus a draw against Chelsea. 

Carrick left United last December to spend time with his family and consider his next move in the game to which he has contributed so much. Ten months later, he embarks on his first permanent role in management and at another club that means so much to him. 

“I’m really excited to be here and to be part of a club with such a deep history and tradition,” said Carrick in a statement on Boro’s website. “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 here. 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.”


Middlesbrough chariman Steve Gibson is excited to have a person of Carrick’s stature in charge at the Riverside Stadium.

“We’re delighted to welcome Michael to the club. 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.”

Former Middlesbrough and United defender Gary Pallister has also backed Carrick to be successful in his first management position, as he explained in a recent episode of the UTD Podcast. 

“Well I think it is quite exciting to be honest with you,” said Pally.

“Obviously, Michael has had a bit of experience here [at United] in managing the first team, he has worked under Mourinho, he has worked under Ole. I think he is a very intelligent fella and I think it is a good signing for Middlesbrough. 
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As a United great taking charge of Middlesbrough in his first permanent managerial job, Carrick is following in the footsteps of his hero Bryan Robson and he will hope to achieve at least some of the success that Captain Marvel enjoyed. Robbo guided Boro to promotion into the Premier League and later to three cup finals.

Michael's first fixture as boss is on Saturday, away to Preston North End in the Championship.

Good luck, Carras.