MIDDLESBROUGH have removed Jonathan Woodgate from his position as head coach - with Neil Warnock set to take over for the final eight games of the season.

Boro chairman Steve Gibson has acted decisively in the wake of Saturday's disastrous 3-0 home defeat to Swansea City, which left the Teessiders just one position above the relegation zone.

Woodgate is understood to have arrived at the training ground as usual this morning, only to be immediately informed of the club's decision. He then his goodbyes and left.

Warnock will take over immediately, and is set to take charge of training this afternoon ahead of Boro's trip to Stoke City on Saturday.

At this stage, his initial remit is to keep Boro in the Championship over the next eight games, with his long-term future likely to be discussed as events unfold.

A Boro statement said: "MFC can confirm that head coach Jonathan Woodgate has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

"Jonathan was relieved of his role on Tuesday morning and will be replaced by the experienced Neil Warnock.

"Warnock will assume responsibility immediately.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks to Jonathan for all his work in the role of head coach."