Newcastle Linked With Young Spanish Coach


There is growing talk of Middlesbrough’s 41 year-old Spanish head coach Aitor Karanka being a Newcastle target for their head coach position, which is now open after Pardew has left the club, but the former Spanish International has played down the link,  after his side beat Barnsley 2-0 in the FA Cup third round this afternoon.

Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka – 41 year-old Middlesbrough coach

Newcastle are thought to want a continental style coach familiar with the way Mike Ashley runs the club,  and the position available is that of a head coach rather than the usual England football manager position, where the manager has control of transfers into and out of the club.

After the game this afternoon the former Real Madrid assistant manager was asked if he was committed to Middlesbrough given Newcastle’s reported interest:

“120 per cent.” “The main thing is to get through though so the work is done.” “I’d have been happier if we’d scored our chances. We have to improve and keep concentrating.” “We could have been four or five up at half-time. If we’d have scored earlier it would have been different.”

Aitor started his management career in 2008, when he was manager of the Spanish U16 side, and then was appointed Assistant manager at Real Madrid in 2010 by Jose Mourinho, and he stayed there for three years.

He left Madrid when new manager Carlo Ancelotti brought in his own coaching staff.

Karanka was appointed manager of Middlesbrough in November of 2013, replacing the fired Tony Mowbray.

His record at Middlesbrough is 60 games played, 28 won, 17 drawn and 15 defeats – with a win percentage of 46.7% and a loss percentage of 25% – not a bad record at all.

Middlesbrough are currently 4th top of the Championship with 43 points from their 24 games played, and they are only 4 points from second placed Ipswich Town, who are managed by former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy.

Certainly Karanka is the type of coach Newcastle will be looking for, and he’s another good young coach who could fit the bill at Newcastle United.

When we heard Alan Pardew was leaving Newcastle, my son Neil mentioned Karanka as somebody who would be great at Newcastle – he could be right.

But it would be very difficult to prise him away from Middlebrough, where he has been very successful in a short time.

Karanka played football in Spain from 1992 through 2006 as a defender, mainly at Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid,  and he made 367 total appearances with 6 goals in his career.

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93 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #1

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    This would make my day.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #2

    I know nowt about him

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  • toon kk

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Why would he leave a up and coming club to be a puppet at a joke club.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Lots of reports in France that were very interested in Reme Garde

    Have to say, although its seems all darkness atm on Tyneside I’m hoping the fact we’ve made no appointment yet is a sign were actually looking around for the right man and glad we haven’t made a knee jerk appointment ala Pulis

    Could just be wishful thinking but have to say I’m quietly optimistic that we will have a manager that will take us in a completely new direction and a manager suited to the players we have

    Was reading Munsters posts, and i get where he’s coming from but at the same time feels it highlights why Pardew simply had to go
    Now we could say we have a poor/average squad but i really don’t think we have
    Think it’s more that we have a certain type of player we scout and bring in, then on the other hand we had a manager who had s preferred style of play/system and a preferred type of player to fit that system

    Where it massively fell apart is that the players we brought in didn’t marry up to the system the manager was used to
    As Munster points out, Palace have those kind of players

    With the right manager/coach i really think there’s the potential for s very squad already in place, like any NUFC team, it needs bolstering, but for me the ingredients are all there, we just need someone suited to use them effectively

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Even before the last two games it was clear Carver’s not the answer. His appointment would be a disaster. Carver it is then.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #7

    I seen on soccer Saturday that Bert at Ipswich got them up to 6th or summit on a net spend of £10,000 far more likely im afraid

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #8

    At least NUFC had a couple of shots on target in their 1 nil defeat. I was at Huddersfield where the home side didn’t have a single shot on target. I can’t even remember one off target.

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  • colwell

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France 16m16 minutes ago
    Remi Garde on Newcastle’s manager shortlist http://goo.gl/qFIJKt

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #10

    tads

    I think losing dejong didn’t help pards
    problem is no plan b and were the same way now with sissoko as soon as he aint in the team we struggle it was the same with cabs

    we always seem to end up being a 1 man team take him out and we don’t win or struggle

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Anyone got a video link to the carver interview after the Leicester game? I’m dying to see if he started laughing when he said he’d thrown his hat into the ring because seriously.

    I see he’s also come up with legitimate reasons for our “fab 5” being conveniently “injured” well one had burnout but yeah ok johnny boy, cheers for that.

    Why do I mistrust the club I love so much and it’s employee’s? Ahhhh that’s right it’s the fat slug in charge.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Why not Dynamo the Magician ?
    Think of a name ?
    Any name ?
    Yes
    Now take that name and change it.
    Thought of another name ?
    Yes
    Well that might be your new Coach – but then again it might not.

    Actually just appoint Dynamo – northern lad, respect for his family, well known around the world. Can perform miracles. Sounds perfect. Might even make Ashley disappear.
    Magic.

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  • nufconceandfuturekings

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #13

    How about Pepe le Pew, or Wily Coyote. Hell knows what’s in Ashley’s mind but one thing’s for certain…whoever it is, we’ll just have to take it, until the great day dawns when MA sells to someone with even a 10th of his vision. Seeing as I am still recovering from the bizarre showing this afternoon but, well, its same old same old, isn’t it, I am nevertheless amused by Dr Ed’s contributions to the craziness of the Jan transfer window and the ‘ this coach that coach ‘ debate. Personally, I would go for the Soup Dragon or the head Clanger.

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  • BandB

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Haven’t you heard? Ashley’s already dropped the clangers.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Scratch that 2nd!!!

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #16

    average

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30608440

    no interview but some highlights our disallowed goal was good

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  • nufc786

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #17
  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #18

    beermonkey

    I said in the summer, that window was Pardews biggest test as NUFC manager, he got the players he apparently wanted and had no more excuses

    The football that followed over the next couple of months was quiet simply not good enough, he knew it, we knew it and he jumped before he was pushed

    The change he promised, no assured us, in our play and the way we approached games came to nothing and at the end of the day after the highs of Europe and the lows of flirting with relegation when you look back at Pardews time here you have to ask, what has he changed?

    He was given a whole new squad, twice in his time here, both heavily relied on moments of magic from one player with no back up plan
    The sympathy came from losing big players, but in all honesty, like it or not that happens and he knew from day one that was a condition, you can spend what you make, well he made well over £100 million and spent just shy of £100 million

    And after all that, when you really look at it, he’s left us exactly the same as he joined us after taking over from hoots, in 9th place
    After 4 years there has literally been no progression and the only change is that now we don’t have an identy on the pitch and the relationship with the fans has been damn near destroyed

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Tads

    Well said sir.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #20

    The fat controller is a happy man tonite. The result helps a poor team stay in the Premiership and means more dosh for the big man. We need more supporters in the ground and much more clapping and chanting at SJP to push the team to a Cup win and ultimately a Champions league win. Come on you knowledgeable Geordie fans, Clap the team to victory!!!
    Any manager who wants to come here is a loser.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #21

    No manager can create a top team when your best players are sold and obvious deficiencies are not plugged!

    Thats if they are even interested!

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Thanks Beermonkey. I won’t bother watching us lose though mate as I get irate.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Where in the same position but with a far far cheaper younger squad

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  • G

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Is there anybody left on the blog who actually understands the game? No offence intended but people who will happily see the team go to the dogs so they can say ‘I told you so’ are not fans. Take a look at your self, if you fal? into that bracket, then stay away. If you don’t, then see you tomorrow, but frankly if its the same 8 people talking crap, whilst the game is playing, meaning they are neither there, nor watching, then I will request that Ed closes the blog with dignity, unlike the 8.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Remy garde would be a logical guess as a candidate. Carr has probably had plenty pf dealings with him. Make no mistake,the nufc vacancy can be sold easily enough. A smart manager who doesnt expect a big transfer pot will know that he can get this team further up the league. And 52000 still makes a club attractive

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  • msk21dec

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #26

    cesare prandelli is a really good manager. i wonder if we could go fo one of antonio conte assistant coaches to manage us cos he plays high tempo high pressing game.

    a player we should look to sign is jeremy menez great season so far for milan.

    available managers maybe: rijkaard, dick advocaat. jose jesus from benfica.

    holland not started well will guus hiddink come?

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  • BandB

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #27

    I am waiting for Match of the Day. Weary of my own facetiousness in the face of otherwise sensible men who still cling to the hope that somehow, someway, rational football decisions will begin to be made.
    The club statement was as blatant a piece of smoothing the way for a crony appointment as Carver’s selection today paved the way for a cup exit.
    At least the away fans found one voice; “We’re sh*te and we’re sick of it.”

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #28

    G – u cant seriously be happy with the state of play at SJP

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  • msk21dec

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #29

    whatever happens we need to get rid of all current 1st team coaches none can stay behind as we need fresh new ideas and new style of play.

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  • stevie101182

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #30

    it drives me insane when people say we sell our best players can you tell me 1 time where we have sold our best player when they wanted to stay

    Andy Caroll – said he wanted to join Liverpool
    Cabeye – was kept i the summer and was promised a move after he went on strike.

    Tiote – there was offers for him when we finished 5th he never once pushed for a move and was not sold.

    It AP who has gone on for the past 4 years that we carnt compete if a big offer for a player comes in. It is AP that has created a media perception that we are a selling club.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #31

    G,
    Shut up !

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #32

    G

    Who are these “8”? Are they like the “fab 5”? Inconspicuous by their absence.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Manx
    Cheaper than houghtons squad?
    Aye okay fella….

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #34

    142Mister Tuff // Jan 3, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    ———and a bonny lass she is as well!

    Is that the best you can come up with, what a muppet.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Stevie the problem is we never replace them at the right time even when they know 6 months in advance that’s the main issue I think

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  • manxpie

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Have a look at the wages tads I think you’ll find its a far cheaper squad now like

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #37

    i don’t know about eight but i can name about 10 muppets on here.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Tads some good points there. But that partly explains why he cant be labelled a failure or an axe murderer they way some wanted here. I’m pleased he is gone ( i couldnt handle the “fret” word or the beatings when we lost 1-2 good players ) . Make no mistake though,the “group” ( jesus he used that word soooo much – aaargh!!! ) lacks leadership and balls. Thats why we collapse so badly. Please please get a decent coach and motivator ashley

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #39

    G
    There were 4k there today out of a nationwide fans base
    The game wasn’t on TV
    There was a) text commentary or b)radio

    So apart from the 4k that were there nobody was watching it, so does that mean the other 48k who turn up at SJP are no longer fans?

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 3, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #40

    tads

    but where do we go from here
    I don’t think the squad is poor we all know what we need

    but in some many ways were worse off than before pards after winning the championship we weren’t doing to bad
    moral with the fans for me seems lower than when we got relegated

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