Gordon Strachan was introduced as the 28th Boro manager on Monday October 26 2009.

On his appointment at the club, Strachan, a title winner as a player with Leeds United, said he had turned down other offers but was attracted by the way things are done at Middlesbrough and the fact that managers are given time to build a team without interference.

"It's a special job," he said. "I don't have to be here, I don't need to be here, I want to be here." 

His first game brought a 1-0 defeat against Plymouth Argyle at the Riverside in a game which saw the visitors keep a clean sheet for the first time that season.

His first win was a 5-1 success at QPR in his fifth game at the helm, but Boro won only eight more games that season and finished 11th in the table. 

The opening 11 games of the next season saw Boro collect 14 points, and he left the club by mutual consent on October 18 2010 after just under a year in charge.