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Middlesbrough FC: The Footstep Follower

An unknown Portuguese man, very similar to another unknown Portuguese man of his time, takes over the realms of Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship. The story is his to create from there.
Started on 24 June 2015 by AlexTHFC
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Karanka Creates Controversy At Awards
Aitor Karanka as manager of Middlesbrough, but is his place under scrutiny?

It was the Sky Bet Football Awards Ceremony last night, and while the awards were as questionable as usual, with several outstanding footballing figures missing out on an award at all, the main talking point of the evening was the angry rant from Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.

The controversial speech stemmed from the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Season Award, where Karanka, 41, Eddie Howe of Bournemouth, Slavisa Jokanovic from Watford, Wolves manager Kenny Jackett and Brentford’s Mark Warburton were up for the prize. Karanka took third place, with Warburton in second and Howe in first.

As Howe went to collect his award, Karanka was heard muttering curses to himself. He then began ranting about Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and the staff working with him. He was also heard talking about the Boro players.

Sky Bet Championship Award Winners

Player Of The Month
Young Player Of The Month
Manager Of The Month
1st Place
Troy Deeney (Watford)
Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough/Chelsea)
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
2nd Place
Daryl Murphy (Ipswich)
Alex Pritchard (Brentford)
Mark Warburton (Brentford)
3rd Place
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
Will Hughes (Derby)
Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough)

A few of the quotes reported to BBC are as follows, ”How the hell does that a******* manage to win an award…”

”This f****** club are no f****** good without that f****** Bamford anyway… I should win a thousand f****** awards for leading this club to anywhere other than f****** 24th. The only thing stopping me was that s******* Blackpool.”

”The only reason I’m actually here is because of that c*** Dimitrios and his s***** game tactics… we’d be in the Premier League now and I’d be too f****** busy and heroic to even be here.”

”If Karanka is to keep his job at Middlesbrough, he needs to do something amazing. Even if he does, however, he’ll be under huge scrutiny for the season, and probably beyond. This is the worst thing he could’ve possibly done after a fantastic season.”

In the 2014/15 Championship campaign, Karanka lead Middlesbrough to a play-off final appearance, but they lost out on promotion to the Premier League after a 2-0 defeat against Norwich City.

They were in with a good chance of getting promoted, but a mistake in judgement from the Spaniard lead to a defeat in added time as he sent goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos forward in the penultimate match of the season against Fulham. The score was 3-3, but finished 4-3 as Ross McCormack scored in the last minute as the goal was empty.

At the award ceremony, there were awards for Joe Garner, Karl Robinson, Matt Tubbs and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Also, the Sky Bet Overachievers Award went to Championship side Brentford.

More: Reactions to Karanka rant

Various managers who were at the event have reacted over Twitter, and previous footballing stars have expressed their beliefs over the matter as well. Here are some of the best reactions from the world.

Gary Lineker: “Let me tell you, Karanka’s got a lot to make up for after that… He has to apologise to the Blackpool fans. All ten of them.”

Eddie Howe: “Doesn’t offend me one bit to be honest, he’s got nerve though, that’s for sure. Oh well, at least we’re in the Premier League this season.”

Patrick Bamford: I said to myself I wasn’t going back to Middlesbrough this year, looks like I was right to. What a mess they’re in…”

Dougie Freedman: “I’m not shocked by what happened. He was acting weird all night, it was quite bizarre. I’m just wondering what was going on in his mind…”

Of course, with Twitter, random strangers who are unaffected by the incident have had their say. Let’s see what they’ve put on social networking too.


@TheSpecialJuan: “Karanka es muy loca!!!!!! #lokaranka”

@BelovedTallery: “At least Bamford’s alive. #hatingonboro #stillworshippingchelsea”

Karanka is yet to speak publicly about the matter, but we are thinking that he has a lot of explaining to do following this controversy.

The 2015/16 Championship campaign is due to start in a month and a half, which would give Middlesbrough a rather short time to repair the damages Karanka has caused in just one night.

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