Karanka sacked by Boro after 10 game winless run

Beth Cruz
March 19, 2017

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Middlesbrough have relieved Aitor Karanka of his duties following the team's slide into the Premier League relegation zone.

Life in the top flight started positively with five points from the first three games, which included a derby victory at Sunderland, and, although Boro initially proved hard to beat - they managed draws at both Arsenal and Manchester City - the goals, and as a result points, started to dry up.

Hiddink has experience with taking over clubs on an interim basis after two spells in charge of Chelsea, but it remains to be seen if the 70-year-old would be prepared to take on a relegation battle at this stage of his career.

Karanka's autocratic management style made enemies and Gibson has charged Agnew with the task of restoring harmony and saving Boro's Premier League skin.

Assistant Agnew was placed in charge of team affairs after the Spaniard's departure was announced on Thursday morning and will prepare the players for Sunday's Premier League clash with Manchester United at the Riverside Stadium.

Tensions had risen once again between Karanka and the club since December, when league results went irretrievably south.

"Both parties have agreed that it is in the best interests of the club to make this change", Middlesbrough, three points from safety and without a win in 10 matches, said in a statement. "We wish him all the best for the future".

Karanka thanked the English club "for a wonderful opportunity", as well as players, staff and all people he worked with at Middlesbrough.

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

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