Fabrizio Ravanelli has repeatedly come out and made it clear he’d be interested in a role at Middlesbrough, with the Italian eyeing the manager’s job more than once.

With Steve Agnew currently in caretaker charge, although overwhelming favourite, at least with the bookies, to get the job permanently, there’s still some doubt over who will lead Middlesbrough next season.

Relegation to the Championship limits the realistic candidates, and with Middlesbrough needing a boost both on and off the pitch, bringing an old hero back becomes more tempting.

Former Middlesbrough forward Jan Åge Fjørtoft has made it clear that Ravanelli remains super-keen on returning to the club.

Ravanelli would almost certainly be too risky an appointment for Middlesbrough right now, given his lack of managerial experience. But it would bring some optimism and excitement back to the club during a difficult time, unfortunately that alone doesn’t win football matches.