Another Premier League manager fired
Middlesbrough's Aitor Karanka has become the latest manager from the Premier League to lose his job. His team currently sit in nineteenth place in the English top division, having won none of their last ten league games.
Karanka had a good career as a player, spending the majority of it in the Spanish leagues. This included a five year spell with Real Madrid. Karanka's movement into the coaching side of the game included a three year spell with the Madrid club as assistant manager. On his departure from the Bernabeu, Karanka was revealed as the new manager of Middlesbrough Football Club. Last season, the Spanish manager lead the club back to the Premier League, finishing in second place in the Championship, which was enough to secure automatic promotion.
After a strong start to the season, Middlesbrough's form has declined, seeing them drop to the foot of the table, with only rivals Sunderland below them. In the 27 league games played so far, 'Boro have only managed to score nineteen goals, a lack of attack that has frustrated some fans.
Upon leaving his position at the Riverside, Karanka looked back on a successful time with the club, which saw him take them back to the top flight. Speaking to the media, he said "I'd like to thank Middlesbrough for a wonderful opportunity and the players, staff and all the people at the club who I have worked with."
The decision was made by the club, who said it was in their "best interests". They will be hoping that a new manager will create an upturn of performances and results, much like those seen at fellow Premier League strugglers Leicester City, Swansea City and Hull City.