Middlesbrough Sack Aitor Karankaby Jack Kitson / 16 March 2017, 11:11Tweet
Middlesbrough have become the fifth Premier League club to make a change in the dugout after sacking Aitor Karanka, who in turn becomes the sixth top-flight gaffer to lose his job this season.
Rock-bottom Sunderland are now the only club in the bottom six who are yet to make a change in the dugout.
10 months ago Karanka led Boro up to the Premier League, however a return of just four wins, and a meagre 19 goals, from 27 matches has resulted in the 19th-placed club wielding the axe as they bid to avoid relegation back down to the Championship.
Rumours were rife that Karanka would be axed should Middlesbrough fail to perform against Man Utd this weekend, but this has not proved to be the case, with the Riverside outfit today (Thursday) giving the Spaniard the boot.
In total Karanka won 80, drew 42, and lost 49 of his 171 matches at the helm.
Boro have placed assistant boss Steve Agnew in charge of the first team while they search for a new manager.
The club has a daunting run of matches remaining, as they still have to play an Utd, Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Southampton, along with a hat-trick of six-pointers with Sunderland, Swansea, Hull, plus a clash with Burnley who are by no means safe.
The likes of Nigel Pearson, Roy Hodgson, Alan Pardew, Steve McClaren and Gordon Strachan have emerged as the early favourites in the betting.
Who should Middlesbrough appoint as their new manager? (comment for other)#Boro— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) March 16, 2017