Karanka sacked by Mid­dles­brough

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Ai­tor Karanka has left his job as Mid­dles­brough man­ager af­ter dis­cus­sions with the club.

The club con­firmed the news in a state­ment on their web­site, which said the de­ci­sion had been made as ‘ both par­ties have agreed that it is in the best in­ter­ests of the club’.

It said: “The club would like to thank Ai­tor for all his hard work over the past three-and-a-half years and for the suc­cess we’ve had dur­ing that time. We wish him all the best for the fu­ture.”

The club web­site also fea­tured a state­ment from Karanka, who leaves the club 19th in the Premier League and without a win in the league in 2017.

The mes­sage said: “I’d like to thank Mid­dles­brough for a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity and the play­ers, staff and all the peo­ple at the club who I have worked with. I’d also like to thank the fans for their sup­port.

“This club will al­ways hold a spe­cial place for me and I wish ev­ery­one con­nected with Mid­dles­brough Foot­ball Club the very best for the fu­ture.”

As­sis­tant man­ager Steve Ag- new takes charge of the first team with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Karanka joined Mid­dles­brough in Novem­ber 13, 2013, and guided the club to the Premier League last sea­son af­ter reach­ing the play-off fi­nal in his first full sea­son in charge.

The 43-year-old for­mer Real Madrid de­fender, who was in his first full man­age­rial role af­ter serv­ing as Jose Mour­inho’s as­sis­tant at the Bern­abeu, suc­cess­fully took Boro back into the top flight fol­low­ing a sev­enyear ab­sence for the club. Daily Mail

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