Guus Hiddink could be set for a return to the Premier League after the ex-Chelsea boss was linked with the vacancy at Middlesbrough.
Relegation-threatened Boro wielded the axe on manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday, with the second bottom side yet to record a league win in 2017.
Boro chairman Steve Gibson must now consider several replacements to take the place of Karanka, with just 11 Premier League games remaining.
— Aitor Karanka (@Karanka) March 16, 2017
But widespread reports in the UK have indicated that Hiddink – who held talks with Leicester after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri – is among those in contention.
Assistant coach Steve Agnew has been placed in temporary charge of Boro and could always be handed the reins on a longer basis, as Leicester have done with Craig Shakespeare.
Another Premier League manager bites the dust.
— FOX Sports Asia (@FOXSportsAsia) March 16, 2017
But Hiddink boasts a huge amount of experience and is not ready to retire yet after leaving his second short-term stint in charge of Chelsea last summer.
Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson – who had a spell at Boro as a player – is also among the names linked with the position.