Middlesbrough have been in some impressive form in recent weeks and currently sit merely one point behind the final playoff place, while also being on the cusp of an unprecedented Carabao Cup final.
However, success in the Championship almost always garners interest from the Premier League, and that seems to be the case with Boro head coach Michael Carrick, who reportedly has suitors in the top-flight keeping tabs on his progress at the Riverside Stadium.
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When Carrick over at the helm 15 months ago, replacing ex-Sheffield United and Watford boss Chris Wilder in the dugout, the club were just one point above the relegation zone following a turgid start to the 2022/23 campaign.
By the end of last season, Boro finished fourth in the Championship and managed to book their spot in the playoffs, unfortunately losing out to Coventry City in the semi-final. Nevertheless, Carrick has guided his side to the cusp of the playoffs once more this term, with plenty of football left to be played.
According to FootballTransfers, Premier League outfit Crystal Palace have identified the former Manchester United midfielder as the perfect replacement for Roy Hodgson at the end of the current season.
The outlet are claiming that the Eagles approached Boro back in March after Patrick Vieira was dismissed from his duties at Selhurst Park but the Teesside club rejected Palace’s advances.
Two-time manager Hodgson took over from Vieira and agreed to a one-year deal with Crystal Palace at the start of the season. However, at 76, the board are now looking for his successor, with Carrick being the leading candidate.
It was inevitable that Carrick would be linked with a job in the Premier League based on his experience as a coach, having been on the backroom team at Manchester United for a little over three years before taking Middlesbrough from a relegation battle to promotion contenders within a matter of months.
If Boro fail to earn promotion under his guidance this time around, Carrick may feel as though his time at the Riverside Stadium has run its course so the hierarchy should definitely start compiling a list of managers who can potentially succeed the 42-year-old.