Jonathan Woodgate was revered during his playing time at Newcastle, but his first foray into management could be close to an end, with the Sun reporting he may be axed.
Woodgate has only managed to oversee three wins from 19 Championship games, and currently finds his side 20th and just a solitary point above the relegation zone.
The report claims Boro’ chairman Steve Gibson has given Woodgate every chance to succeed, but may turn to Neil Warnock – who left his role at Cardiff last month – to salvage their season.
Woodgate will get little sympathy from Newcastle fans, after he tried to blame them for online criticism he was receiving from disgruntled Boro’ fans.
After the away draw at Queens Park Rangers in November, Woodgate was asked about stick he was getting, and said: “The players aren’t getting booed, I’m not getting booed.
“OK, social media has the odd thing, but you get on with that,” he added. “These [travelling supporters] are the real fans.
“How do you know who they are on social media? They could be Newcastle fans, Sunderland fans, Hartlepool fans. We don’t know who they are, do we? Keyboard warriors.”
It was a lame attempt to deflect from anger of some fans towards him, and his team’s, performances, but it seems his attempts to pass the blame are destined to fail.
Woodgate also claimed Boro’s recent history was greater than Newcastle’s
This came after a ludicrous and bizarre claim from him earlier in the season that Middlesbrough’s recent history is better than Newcastle’s in another blatant effort to win favour with his own club’s supporters.
It was an early sign that the pressure was seemingly already getting to him, and subsequent results – or lack of them – suggest he has bitten off far more than he can chew at the Riverside Stadium.
So in a week where former Newcastle managers are being linked with Premier League returns, and a season that has seen former Newcastle midfielder Michael O’Neill take over at Stoke, it seems former favourite Woodgate will soon be waving goodbye to his role.