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Aitor Karanka Posts Classy Response To Losing His Job As Middlesbrough Manager

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Aitor Karanka, Manager of Middlesbrough walks off at half time during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has agreed to leave the club by mutual consent.

Karanka had been at Boro since replacing Tony Mowbray in November 2013, in what was his first managerial role. The former assistant to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid finished mid-table in the Championship in his first season.

The following season, his first full campaign in charge, he led them to a fourth-placed finish and the playoffs. Unfortunately, they missed out on promotion with a 2-0 Play-Off Final defeat to Norwich.

They put that defeat behind them and gained promotion to the Premier League just one season later with a second-placed finish.

Their first season back in the Premier League has been a tough one and Boro find themselves second from bottom after twenty-seven games. They have won just four of those and drawn ten, with relegation back to the Championship looking likely.

Middlesbrough announced Karanka’s departure today (Thursday) on their Twitter page and released a statement on their official website.

The statement read:

“Middlesbrough Football Club can today confirm the departure of Head Coach Aitor Karanka. Following discussions, both parties have agreed that it is in the best interests of the club to make this change.

“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.”

Karanka himself posted to thank Boro for the opportunity and wish the club all the best for the future.

Boro fans then posted their reactions to this news, with some feeling gutted and thanking their now former boss for the memories.

Assistant head coach Steve Agnew will take over from Karanka in a caretaker role with immediate effect.

Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena

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