The vastly experienced Neil Warnock stepped in as Boro manager in June 2020, replacing Jonathan Woodgate.

Boro became the 17th stopping point for eight-time promotion winner Warnock, who first cut his managerial teeth at Gainsborough Trinity back in 1980. The Sheffield-born boss would go on to break an English management record during his time with the club. 

He arrived at Boro in trying circumstances, with matches being played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Boro fighting relegation. 

Four wins in eight games following the resumption of the 2019/20 season, each victory away from home, saw Boro to Championship safety under Warnock's stewardship, and soon after he committed his future to the club for a further season.

With the exception of one Riverside game in front of just 1,000 spectators, one which Warnock missed due to himself contracting coronavirus, the following season was played entirely in empty stadiums, and Boro finished a respectable 10th.

Warnock once more committed to Boro for a further season, stating his admiration for Chairman Steve Gibson and the opportunity to see fans back in stadiums as a key factor in prolonging his managerial career. 

Shortly after taking charge of his record-breaking 1602nd match as an English league manager, Warnock and Boro parted company, with another Sheffield native in Chris Wilder taking the reins.