The Warmdown: Neil Warnock departs Middlesbrough following Albion stalemate
Neil Warnock bids farewell to the Boro supporters - Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Neil Warnock left his position as Middlesbrough manager after his side held West Bromwich Albion to a draw in the EFL Championship clash.

Boro opened the scoring after youngster Josh Coburn smashed the ball home as it ricocheted to him following a mix-up in the West Brom back-line. 

Albion equalised as Grady Diangana met a knock-down sweetly to crash a shot off the post and past goalkeeper Luke Daniels.

Valerien Ismael's side struggled to break down the stubborn Boro defence as they were forced to settle for a draw at The Hawthorns.

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  • Warnock's record-breaking exit

Warnock broke the English managerial appearance record as he stood in the dugout during Boro's defeat away at Luton Town in midweek.

The former Leeds United, QPR and Crystal Palace boss clocked up 1,603 games as an English manager as he left the club via 'mutual consent' according to the club statement

The veteran boss was animated on the touchline throughout the game versus the Baggies, contesting every refereeing decision that Matthew Donoghue made against his side which resulted in him receiving a yellow card.

An announcement was made from the Middlesbrough media team only moments after the final whistle blew, in-fact the boss was in-between media interviews when the statement was released.

Warnock leaves the club with dignity after his outfit put in a battling performance to pick up a point away from home.

Former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder replaces him in a welcomed appointment from Middlesbrough fans.

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  • Diangana breaks scoring duck

Diangana's last goal in an Albion shirt came in September of 2020, as he lashed home a long-range effort to bag his first Premier League goal against Everton.

Finally, the 23-year-old broke the over year-long goal scoring duck as he leathered home a mid-range effort in off the post to equalise for his side.

The former West Ham United winger has looked a shadow of the player that bagged a combined 14 goal contributions during the Baggies' last Championship campaign during his initial loan spell at the club.

He joined the Baggies on a permanent deal following their promotion to the top-flight and reportedly cost £18 million, however, that price tag has been met with a return of two goals and one assist since making the switch to the West Midlands.

Albion fans will be hoping that their record signing can get back to his best after that confidence-boosting goal.

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  • Murmurs of discontent

Boos rang around The Hawthorns at half time, as Ismael's side went in 1-0 down after Coburn's opener.

A percentage of West Brom supporters gave a disgruntled response to the performance of their team, as sloppiness in play meant they were unable to string functional counter-attacks together.

The front-three of Karlan Grant, Callum Robinson and Diangana often found themselves stifled by the stubborn Boro back-line and struggled to influence the game.

West Brom fans seem upset by the stubborn nature of Valerien Ismael, and despite sitting third in the table, some are wishing for him to be sacked after only 17 games in charge of the Baggies.

However, with the former Barnsley manager on a four-year deal at the club, and having spent nothing during the summer transfer window, it seems highly unlikely that the board will pull the trigger on the Frenchman for a while.

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