Boro have parted company with manager Garry Monk – just hours after their comeback victory at Hillsborough.
A club statement read: “Middlesbrough Football Club have parted company with manager Garry Monk.
“The club would like to thank Garry for his hard work and dedication, and wish him all the best for the future.
“The club’s Academy manager Craig Liddle will take temporary charge of first-team affairs during the interim period while a successor is appointed.
“The club will be making no further comment until an appropriate time.”
Monk leaves Boro in ninth place, three points off the play-offs and a damning 12 adrift of the automatic places.
The news has come as a shock to most fans given the timing, but Boro’s season never seemed to take off under the former Leeds boss and supporters were left with far more questions than answers.
The Boro hierarchy will now look for a suitable replacement to get the side’s stuttering promotion push back on track, with former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic the bookie’s early favourite.