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Tony Pulis happy with Middlesbrough job: I need this challenge

Tony Pulis has jumped back into management at Middlesbrough.

Boro have announced Pulis as the club's new manager, declaring they saw off "strong interest" to land the 59-year-old.

Former Stoke and West Brom boss Pulis takes charge at the Riverside in a bid to bolster the club's stalling promotion push.

Middlesbrough host Bolton on Boxing Day, currently sitting outside the Championship play-off places.

Boro parted company with Garry Monk on Saturday after just six months in charge, despite a victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Pulis said, “I wanted a challenge - a real challenge - and this reminds me so much of Stoke when I went there with Peter Coates. Steve Gibson is a football man who understands the game. I have great respect for him as a person and an owner.

“I really am looking forward to this. The immediate challenge is finding out about the football club and as a team we have to get as many points as can, as quickly as we can.

“I wanted to come at this time because we have so many games in a short space of time, and I can assess everything."

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