Jonathan Woodgate – Head Coach

Middlesbrough-born Jonathan Woodgate steps up to lead the coaching team at the club he has supported since he was a boy.

Jonathan, who had two stints here and was a proud captain of the club, first watched Boro over 30 years ago and is a lifelong fan.

His playing career hit the heights with Leeds - reaching the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup and the Champions League - before departing Elland Road as part of a fire sale in 2003, linking up with Newcastle United briefly before he made the big money move to Real Madrid.

He first joined his hometown club in 2006, initially on loan from the Bernabeu before making the move permanent.

His form for Boro caught the attentions of Tottenham Hotspur in 2008, helping them lift the League Cup when he netted the winner - and his first goal for the club - in injury time against Chelsea.

A brief one-year spell with Stoke City followed, but he was back home in the summer of 2012, and called time on his playing career four years later as Boro secured a return to the Premier League.

After hanging his boots up, he worked as a scout in Spain for Liverpool and he was back at Boro again in March 2017 when he became part of the first team coaching staff.

Jonathan went on to work with the Under-18s at the start of the 2017/18 season before stepping up to the role of first team coach during Tony Pulis' tenure as manager.

Robbie Keane

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane links up with Jonathan Woodgate once again after the two enjoyed playing spells together at both Leeds United and Tottenham Hotpsur.

The 38-year-old enjoyed a prolific 20-year playing career at the very highest level and is the leading appearance maker for the Republic of Ireland, scoring 68 times in 146 games.

Robbie also boasts over 700 appearances in club football, having started with Wolverhampton Wanderers, and also enjoyed spells with Coventry, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Celtic, West Ham, and LA Galaxy.

An exciting striker, Robbie scored almost 400 career goals.

He officially announced his retirement from playing in November last year, and he has been working alongside Mick McCarthy with the Republic squad.

Leo Percovich

The appointment of Leo Percovich as coach reunites a fans’ favourite with a club he holds dear to his heart.

The 50-year-old Uruguayan forged a lasting bond with Teesside and its people when he was part of the coaching team under Aitor Karanka that won promotion in 2016.

Richly experienced, following time with Colorado Rapids, Cruzeiro, Real Madrid and Valencia among others, as well as the national sides of Brazil, France and his native country, Leo has coached with different age groups, taking his passion across continents.

Tragedy struck his family at Christmas 2017 when one of his daughters was killed in a car crash that involved the whole family. A week later Leo’s eldest daughter also tragically succumbed to the injuries she suffered that fateful day.

Leo and his family have received support from around the world as they rebuild their lives, not least from Boro fans who gave him an emotional welcome when he was over the for the game against Aston Villa at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Leo’s most recent role was at Brazilian Fluminese, where he was assistant coach.

Danny Coyne

Former Wales international goalkeeper Danny Coyne is back at the club where he made his final appearance.

The 45-year-old clocked up over 500 career appearances that started at Tranmere before taking in Grimsby, Leicester, Burnley, Boro, Sheffield United and Shrewsbury Town.

Danny made his debut in a goalless draw with Sheffield United in August 2009, one of four successive clean sheets and eight in total in games he played that season. His final game came in a 1-1 draw in an FA Cup tie at Sunderland in January 2012.

Taking his badges while still a player, the move into coaching was a seamless transition and he has held positions as goalkeeper and outfield coach as well as a two caretaker spells as manager of Shrewsbury.

He’s always looked out for Boro’s results wherever he has been and is another former player who has the club close to his heart.