The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

AI­TOR KARANKA has re­ceived a mul­ti­tude of plau­dits for mas­ter­mind­ing Mid­dles­brough’s pro­mo­tion push, but it seems he could not keep ev­ery­one happy – for­mer as­sis­tant Craig Hignett re­veal­ing the pair were an in­com­pat­i­ble match.

The for­mer Boro for­ward left his role at the River­side in De­cem­ber, de­spite the team show­ing ta­ble-top­ping po­ten­tial.

Hignett has yet to re­turn to the dugout since his sur­prise Yule­tide de­par­ture, while the Cham­pi­onship club he left have lived up to the pres­sure of be­ing a favourite for pro­mo­tion.

And af­ter sev­eral months of con­fu­sion about what sparked the de­ci­sion, the 45year-old has now re­vealed his work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the Spa­niard turned sour.

“I had a fall­ing out with him – Ai­tor and I had a dis­agree­ment and un­for­tu­nately it couldn’t be rec­ti­fied and I left,” Hignett said.

“We ob­vi­ously couldn’t work to­gether and that was dis­ap­point­ing. It was just a clash of per­son­al­i­ties.

“I’d worked with Ai­tor and got on well with him at the start, but things de­te­ri­o­rated to­wards the end.”

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