The role of the manager has changed over the years.
At the beginning of the 20th century a manager frequently had other
administrative or financial duties and it was quite common for the role
to be referred to as the secretary-manager. The manager would often only
see his players on a match day, after the board of directors had
selected the team at a weekly board meeting.
It was not until the late 1920's that a more
'hands-on' approach was introduced, when the manager became more
responsible for training and coaching. It is believed that Peter McWilliam was Boro's first manager to select the team for himself, but
Boro's first real manager, in the modern day sense, was Bob Dennison in
During their time at Ayresome Park Boro had 23
full-time managers and a number of caretaker managers. Coincidentally
Boro's first and last manager at Ayresome Park were both named Robson,
John Robson in the beginning and Bryan Robson at the end.
The dates for many of the managerial records are far
from being accurate. For the purposes of compiling the managerial
records the 'assumed dates' are noted on the profiles. These dates are
not necessarily the the actual dates of appointment or
dismissal/resignation, but are the assumed dates of first and last
games, and are inclusive of the day or month. Click on a manager to read
a short profile and see their managerial records.