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Ex-Celtic boss Strachan set to land Middlesbrough job

Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan is favourite for the Middlesbrough job after Gareth Southgate's dramatic sacking.

Strachan was swiftly installed as the bookmakers' favourite for the vacant post with Ladbrokes quoting him as a 1/4 shot.

Speaking on BBC Tees Sport, Gibson was giving nothing away as to the identity of his number one target, but admitted he would like to make the appointment before Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship trip to Preston.

Gibson said: "Once the decision had been made - and that was two or three weeks ago - about replacing Gareth, we needed to build a strategy and a timetable of implementation.

"In order to do that, we needed to be fair with Gareth, treat him with the respect he deserved, and the first step in that strategy was to remove Gareth from his duties. That's been done. I had made enquiries before I did that, and I told Gareth that. We had, as I said, a strategy and we started the implementation of that strategy.

"We are well on with it. I have been very busy today with it; tomorrow will be another busy day.

"I don't expect us to have somebody in place before the Preston game, but I do expect us to be able to make an announcement before the Preston game.

"Nothing is certain in football, but I am hopeful we will have an announcement before the weekend."

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