Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Culture | By Elsie Buchanan

Aitor Karanka departure: Who next for Middlesbrough?

Aitor Karanka departure: Who next for Middlesbrough?

Middlesbrough sacked manager Aitor Karanka yesterday and handed the 43-year-old's assistant, Steve Agnew, the pressing task of trying to keep the relegation-threatened club in the English Premier League.

Agnew (9/2) will take charge of the first team for Sunday's clash with Man Utd, but the club are likely to appoint a new boss in the subsequent worldwide break.

The majority of Middlesbrough fans have been left disappointed by the departure of head coach Aitor Karanka.

Karanka leaves the club without a win in their last 10 league matches and are now 19th in the Premier League 3 points from safety.

The club, promoted last season, thanked the Spaniard for his work over the past 31/2 years.

Middlesbrough are the lowest scorers in the Premier League this season with just 19 goals to their name.

Hiddink is thought to be a good option for Boro, as he has previous experience in the Premier League having taken charge of Chelsea twice - both in an interim position. "We wish him all the best for the future".

Karanka has built his backroom staff to suit his purposes since taking Boro from the bottom half of the Championship to promotion, and has admitted in the past that he will know when his time at the club is over.

Middlesbrough have thanked Karanka after he was axed following the club's slip into the relegation zone.

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

Agnew will take over with immediate effect ahead of Sunday's league clash with Manchester United.

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