Middlesbrough, Bristol City and Birmingham linked with Championship boss plus Neil Warnock's classy gesture

Paul Cook is close to keeping Wigan Athletic in the Championship despite a 12-point penalty.Paul Cook is close to keeping Wigan Athletic in the Championship despite a 12-point penalty.
Paul Cook is close to keeping Wigan Athletic in the Championship despite a 12-point penalty.
Middlesbrough are one of several Championship clubs who are reportedly interested in Wigan boss Paul Cook.

It remains unclear who will be in charge at the Riverside for the 2020/21 campaign after Neil Warnock took charge of Boro until the end of season.

Warnock recently said he hasn’t held talks with chairman Steve Gibson about next season and will do so following Boro’s final league fixtures.

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Many supporters would be happy to see Warnock stay on Teesside, yet according to a report from PA, Boro are also interested in Cook.

It’s been claimed that Bristol City and Birmingham are also considering the Latics manager.

Warnock’s classy gesture

Boro’s next opponents will be Warnock’s former side Cardiff, with the Bluebirds set to visit the Riverside on Saturday.

Neil Harris replaced Warnock at the Cardiff City Stadium in November, and was quick to praise his predecessor.

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"He did wonderfully well here but I came into the job because things weren’t going the way the club liked,” said Harris when asked about Warnock.

"That said I had big boots to follow with and I’ve enjoyed the challenge.

"He sent me a text to wish me all the best and I sent him a text the other week when he took over at Boro.”

"I don’t know Neil really well but you can do nothing but admire the success he has had."

Bacuna looking forward to facing Boro

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Finally, Cardiff midfielder Leandro Bacuna is looking forward to facing his former manager this weekend.

Bacuna was signed by Warnock in January 2019, and says he enjoyed playing under the Yorkshireman, even if the style was ‘a bit old fashioned.’

When discussing Harris’ influence at Cardiff, Bacuna said: "He has come in and changed the way we are playing.

"He has just settled down the team a bit and given everyone a bit of confidence that everyone can still play football - it's not all about playing long balls."

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On Warnock, Bacuna added: "He has been successful at what he's been doing - it's his type of way of playing football and it's worked.

"I personally think it's a bit old fashioned, but it still works for him and I enjoyed playing under him."

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