41 year-old former Spanish International center-back Aitor Kranaka was signed on as the head coach at Middlesbrough on 13th November of 2013, after just completing three years as the Assistant Manager at Real Madrid with Jose Mourinho.
Carlo Ancelotti was appointed the new head coach in the summer of that year,and brought his own coaching staff.
Aitor Kranaka with Mourinho at Real Madrid
So in the same way Jose Mourinho was mentored by the great Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona and other Spanish clubs – Aitor has been mentored by the Special One.
Aitor Karanka has done a fabulous job at Middlesbrough in the last 15 months and he them joint top of the Championship with 17 wins in the first 30 games.
He could be the dark horse for the Newcastle head coach position in the summer.
In their last 10 games in all competitions he has Middlesbrough unbeaten and they have won eight of those games.
And Middlesbrough play Arsenal tomorrow in the FA Cup 5th round at the Emirates – and of course Kranaka’s side beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad in the previous round.
Middlesbrough look a very good side under Kranaka, and the really impressive thing is he didn’t take long to make Middlesbrough into a top Championship side – and he looks like a top coach in the making and having been mentored by Jose Mourinho, he has a good grounding.
Middlesbrough fans will not be too happy about Newcastle maybe wanting Kranaka in the summer, but we would be surprised if he wanted to leave Middlesbrough, especially if he gets them promoted – which looks likely as they are hitting some top form at the very right time.
We were interested in Roberto Martinez when he was at Swansea City back in 2008, with the news that Newcastle thought he was a good up and coming coach.
That’s proved to be accurate although Roberto is struggling in the Europa League and with injuries this season because Everton like Newcastle do not have a big enough squad for Europe.
But getting a top young coach onto Tyneside, who can get the very best out of the Newcastle squad is what the next big step for Newcastle is – and we hope the powers that be appoint a top coach and preferably one from the continent – since they are used to the head coach position.
This is what Aitor said on 3rd January in The Gazette after there was speculation linking him with the Newcastle head coach position:
“It could be a surprise for me but I am just thinking about Middlesbrough’s next game against Reading.”
And he was then asked if he was still committed to Middlesbrough and he said:
Kranaka looks like a top coach in the making, and we wouldn’t mind at all if Newcastle make him the surprise head coach in the summer.
What do you think?
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