Karanka Leaves Middlesbrough
Aitor Karanka has left his role as manager of Middlesbrough F.C. after a family member was diagnosed with a serious illness and he wanted to be able to put his full concentration on helping them recover. Karanka, who only joined Middlesbrough at the end of May, leaving his position as assistant manager of Real Madrid, to replace former Celtic and West Brom manager Tony Mowbray, had already brought in players to bolster his squad for the upcoming season, has expressed his disappointment t with not being able to commit to his contract with Boro but admits family comes first, and has wished his successor luck with assistant manager Jamie Clapham, 39, taking over as caretaker manager until a replacement can be found.
A statement was released on the Middlesbrough website this morning saying: “Sadly we announce that Aitor Karanka has left his position as manager to return to Spain to deal with a family illness. It’s a shame as we firmly believe he would have been a success but we wish him luck for the future and we will fully support him and his family in whatever way we can while they are going through these bad times. In the mean time, we confirm assistant manager Jamie Clapham has taken over as caretaker manager until we find a suitable manager to lead Middlesbrough F.C forward”.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes are listing former Watford manager Gianfranco Zola as the favourite to take over the vacancy at 4/1, with Steve Clarke at 7/1 and Glen Hoddle at 15/1 as the job search is expected to last for a good few weeks.