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 – 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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