Who will replace Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 16 March 2017, 14:05

Middlesbrough are on the hunt for a new manager for the first time in three-and-a-half-years following the sacking of Aitor Karanka.

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The Spaniard led Boro up to the Premier League last season, but then struggled in England’s top-flight, winning only four of his 27 matches up until his departure.

A whole host of names have instantly been linked with the vacancy, including serial contenders Nigel Pearson, Alan Pardew and Gyan Giggs, while the likes of caretaker Steve Agnew, former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, last season’s title winning Claudio Ranieri, and Roy Hodgson are also in the mix at this early stage in proceedings.

Agnew (9/2) will take charge of the first team for Sunday’s clash with Man Utd, but the club are likely to appoint a new boss in the subsequent international break.

It’s former Boro player Pearson who currently leads the way at the top of the market at a best-priced 2/1 (Bet Victor). The 53-year-old made over 100 appearances for the club between 1994 and 1998, skippering Boro to two promotions up to the Premier League, while he agonisingly finished as a runner-up in three domestic cup finals.

After drawing the curtains on his playing career Pearson went on to manage the likes of Carlisle, Southampton, Leicester (twice), Hull, and most recent Derby, leaving the latter in controversial fashian just a dozen games into the 2016/17 season.

Pearson was recently linked with a return to Leicester, but the Foxes instead turned to Craig Shakespeare. However, Pearson now finds himself as one of the early contenders to succeed Karanka.

Other names that feature include former boss Steve McClaren, who was sacked by Derby last weekend, along with Colin Cooper (16/1) and Paul Ince (18/1).

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