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Championship: Middlesbrough appoint Aitor Karanka as manager, former assistant of Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid


Middlesbrough have named former Real Madrid assistant manager Aitor Karanka as their new head coach on a contract until 2016.

This will be Karanka's first job as a head coach, but he certainly had an enviable apprenticeship working under Jose Mourinho for three years at Real Madrid, a club Karanka also played for.

However, he did not follow Mourinho to Chelsea over the summer, and left Madrid when Carlo Ancelotti came in.

Speaking to BBC Tees, he said,"This is a very important day for me and I'm delighted to join a club with such big facilities and support," 

"It is my time, I know I am ready. I've worked for three years with Jose and he was supporting me every day and I learned so much."

"I spoke to him and he recommended me to come here - he too believes in this project."

Karanka becomes the Tees clubs' first foreign gaffer, and after a sucession of home grown bosses have failed to get the side out of the Championship, Chairman Steve Gibson believes it's about quality, regardless of origins.

"There are no easy answers and I think I could've been accused of being 'a little Englander' with my previous appointments," he said.

"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."


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