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Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009

Middlesbrough turns to Strachan

MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP) Middlesbrough appointed Gordon Strachan as manager Monday to spearhead the team's attempt to return to the Premier League.

The League Championship club had been linked with the former Celtic and Southampton manager since firing Gareth Southgate last week and is set to present him at a media conference later Monday.

The 52-year-old Strachan has been out of work since quitting Celtic at the end of last season.

The Scot led the Glasgow team to three straight league titles and three more trophies but ended his four-year spell when he narrowly failed to win the championship again.

First-team coach Colin Cooper was in temporary charge of Middlesbrough's 2-2 draw with Preston on Saturday that left the northeast England team fourth in the second-tier standings.

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