Strachan leaves Middlesbrough

Press Association Sport reports that Gordon Strachan's reign as Middlesbrough manager is over.

Press Association Sport reports that Gordon Strachan's reign as Middlesbrough manager is over.

The 53-year-old Scot's stay at the Riverside Stadium has come to an end a few days short of a year since he replaced Gareth Southgate.

Strachan won just 13 of the 46 games for which he was in charge despite his side being installed as pre-season favourites to win promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.

Strachan resigned and refused to take a penny of compensation.

Boro chairman Steve Gibson revealed the former Celtic boss walked out after talks earlier today, a fortnight short of his first anniversary at the Riverside, after accepting he could not change the fortunes of the pre-season Championship favourites.

Gibson said: 'It is a sad day for the club. Gordon worked very hard for the club, he would be the first to admit things have not turned out as we would hope.

'We had hard, long, difficult discussions over the last few months and today he met with me and we had a long discussion and during that debate he offered his resignation and I accepted it.

'I am sad for Gordon I know the work he put in to it. I am sad for supporters that we have not been able to give them the start and the excitement we hoped for but there is still time this season.

'We have to stop feeling sorry for ourselves, we have to roll our work sleeves up and work harder than before and we will get our rewards.

'I would like the fans to be a bit forgiving we have got it wrong. We them to get behind the club and get behind the players. They have been tremendously patient and supportive. I would say keep your faith in the club and we will work our socks off to turn it round.

'He is a man of massive integrity who cared deeply. We gave him many sleepless nights and asked him to do a huge job and I know he gave of his best. We could not get hold of it and we need to find out why it was not working.

'He is very rare and I am better for knowing him, I like him enormously but it just has not worked and we had to face up to that. Because of the integrity he has shown he made life very easy for me and offered resign and he tore up his contract, so it cost us no compensation. He walked away with no money and that is a measure of the man.

'That would surprise me for most managers but not for him, I know how much he was hoping to succeed and his biggest regret was he let the fans, the club and me and Keith Lamb down personally and he was quite tortured in the end. I hope he goes away feels some relief and spends some time with his lovely wife and family. It has been a torrid time for him.

'He offered resignation in best the interests of the club but he didn't need to be shoved, he walked. He is the scapegoat for our lack of success and he was the butt of that. We have to move on now. It is part of the history that is closed and we have to move on.'