FORMER Real Madrid assistant manager Aitor Karanka becomes the new head coach of Middlesbrough FC on a contract which will run until 2016.
Karanka has no previous managerial experience, but has worked as an assistant to the ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu from 2010 to 2013. The arrival of the Spaniard means that he is Middlesbrough’s first ever non- British boss.
Former manager Tony Mowbray left The Riverside a month ago and since then Mark Venus had taken charge temporarily.
Middlesbrough are currently 16th in the Championship. They remain eight points adrift off the play off positions and five points above the relegation zone.
Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson stood against his decision on appointing Aitor Karanka as manager.
“There were 100 applications and it was about finding a first-class coach, regardless of nationality, and I believe we have. Football is a global business now and we must move with it, explained Steve Gibson.