Rob Edwards’ potential appointment as the next Middlesbrough manager would “tick a lot of boxes” for the club.
That is according to podcaster Dana Malt, who was speaking on the Boro Breakdown podcast following the side’s 2-0 defeat at Millwall last weekend.
Middlesbrough have been managerless since Chris Wilder was relieved of his duties at the Riverside Stadium earlier this month, with the northern club hoping to challenge for promotion to the Premier League this season.
However, Boro currently find themselves 21st in the league table, just two points above the relegation zone, and 11 points away from an automatic promotion spot.
And with the club still waiting to appoint a new manager, Malt believes that former Watford manager Edwards may be the best option of the names that have been spoken about as a potential successor to Wilder.
“I think for me, my number one is still Rob Edwards,” Malt told the Boro Breakdown podcast (44:11)
“But I must admit none of them are really jumping out to me.
“Rob Edwards isn’t my number one pick by a country mile, I just think that Rob Edwards has worked with Kieran Scott before or has at least got a relationship with him, being described as his best mate in football.
“He has a good coaching background as well, coaching Wolves, coaching in the England youth set-up for a while, obviously did incredibly well at Forest Green Rovers, got them promoted.
“And I think what I’ve said before about a manager that can grow along with the football club, I think that would tick a lot of boxes.”
TIF Thoughts on Malt’s comments
We would be inclined to agree with Malt, and believe that Edwards might be the best option for Boro to appoint at this stage in the season, over the inexperienced Michael Carrick, and former Huddersfield Town boss Carlos Corberán.
However, we also agree with Malt in the sense that it is largely an underwhelming list of possible appointments and we feel that the Riverside Stadium club could do with a more experienced appointment to get them out of the mess they are currently in.
But we also acknowledge that there is very little in the way of available managers for the club at the moment, so Boro may have to make do with an appointment in the same ilk as Edwards.