By Wayne Veysey

3rd Oct, 2022 | 2:15pm

Sources: Rob Edwards in pole position to be new Middlesbrough manager

Middlesbrough will choose between Rob Edwards and Gary O’Neil for their newly-vacant manager’s job, sources have told Football Insider.

Former Watford boss Edwards and Bournemouth caretaker are both being sounded out for the role.

It is believed that Edwards is the current favourite to replace Chris Wilder, although Neil has not been discounted.

Wilder was dismissed on Monday (3 October) after a poor start to the season.

Boro sit 22nd in the Championship after only winning two of their 11 league games this season.

A 1-0 defeat to Coventry on Saturday (1 October) proved the final straw for the Middlesbrough ownership.

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Wilder joined the club in November 2021 and won four of his first five games in charge as he guided the club to a seventh-placed finish, narrowly missing out on the playoff places.

His former side’s start to the season has proved a major cause for concern after such a promising end to the previous campaign.

Edwards was sacked by Watford on 26 September after only managing 10 games.

He was appointed in May after guiding Forest Green Rovers to the third tier for the first time in the club’s history.

Edwards was immediately replaced by Slaven Bilic and he guided Watford to a 4-0 win against Stoke in his first game in charge (1 October).

O’Neil has been in charge of Bournemouth since Scott Parker was dismissed on 30 August.

Middlesbrough are next in action against Birmingham on Wednesday (5 October).

The club have confirmed coach Leo Percovich will take over first-team affairs on an interim basis, assisted by Craig Liddle, Mark Tinkler and Lee Cattermole.

In other news, Sources have told Football Insider that Crystal Palace and Leicester City set sights on Sheffield United star Rhys Norrington-Davies.