Handed an assistant manager position under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid in 2010, Aitor Karanka was given his first taste of management in 2013 when he took of Championship side Middlesbrough.
The Spaniard has impressed in his time at the Riverside Stadium, orchestrating a return to the Premier League for the North East club, after winning the Championship in 2015/16.
13 Nov 2013 - Present
Aitor Karanka Quotes
If we score goals and win games people will come to support us.
If one day I am successful, if one day I am sacked, it's because I do things my way. So I am going to do (select) my shape and I am going to pick my players and I am going to be successful or a failure doing things my way. For that reason I am not going to change because the chairman or the crowd (ask me).
Managers don't have dreams. It's the players who dream; about playing in the Premier League, winning the Champions League. The life of a manager is different. You can only think about the day-to-day.
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The Sack Race's Opinion
Having worked under Jose Mourinho, Aitor Karanka was always going to be touted as potential Premier League manager and now the Spaniard has the chance to prove himself in the top-flight after leading Middlesbrough to Championship glory.