Does Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka want the sack?

Simon Lillicrap by Simon Lillicrap / 31 January 2017, 12:11

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka seems to be digging his own grave in the North East after again hitting out as his board for a lack of new players.

This was in the week following an attack on his own supporters after a home defeat to West Ham, and it comes as no surprise to see the under-fire Spaniard leading the sack race at 8/11 to be the next manager dismissed.

What is driving Karanka so crazy and does he want to be sacked? We analyse the evidence below.

The latest falling out with the board could prove to be the straw that broke the camel’s back following a succession of outbursts. He has been frustrated by the club's transfers despite bringing in both Rudy Gestede and former loanee Patrick Bamford for a combined £12 million.

Failure to sign Bojan from Stoke and Robert Snodgrass from Hull, as well as missing out on Jese Rodriguez led to him telling the Daily Telegraph:

“We need to improve the team, and the club knew a month and a half ago the players that I wanted.”

He went on to criticise the signings they had made saying they would not improve his side, and he finished with a final swipe at the board:

“It is difficult, but when we got promotion last season, there were a lot of people who got a medal. A lot of people had a medal, and a lot of people had done their job. Now? I don’t know.”

The pressures of the being in a Premier League relegation battle would take its toll on anyone, but the 43-year-old has a history of cracking under pressure.

Last season, with his Middlesbrough side top of the Championship but being hunted down as their form slipped, he had a training ground bust-up with his own players. He reportedly threatened to quit during the argument and questioned the attitude of his squad.

Middlesbrough then confirmed he would not take charge of the next game and it looked as if the outburst had cost him his job. However, he was reinstated as manger and it proved to be the right decision as he led them to promotion, but it did sow seeds of doubt in the fans mind, and prove to them that they had a volatile man in charge.

The outburst against the supporters last week was intriguing. He declared that the atmosphere inside the stadium had been awful as Boro fans were became frustrated with their conservative style of play. He then stated that any unhappy supporters must have short memories given what he had done from the club.

Karanka does have a point on this matter. When he took over at Middlesbrough they were in a relegation battle in the Championship. He proceeded to lead them to a respectable top-half finish, before reaching the play-off final the season after, before finally achieving promotion last season.

Karanka's managerial ability has been proven but having such an emotional character in charge of a football club does have its consequences as we have seen.

The Spaniard seems desperate to be valued and appreciated by his fans. He is desperate for the fans to be behind the team rather than criticise his approach as the below tweet shows. However, he would be more likely to resonate with fans if he didn’t criticise them.

Karanka is not irreplaceable at Boro but sticking with him is the best chance they have at staying in the lucrative Premier League - providing he stops his emotions from being a disruptive force as he attempts to save his side from the dreaded drop.

Betting Odds Tips

Managers Departed

Last man down

Mark Cooper
Mark Cooper
(Forest Green)
11th April
VIEW ALL CASUALTIES
x
Bet £10 Get £40 in Free Bets
Exclusive Promo Code
M40
JOIN NOW
#AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using promo code M40 only. 1x per customer. Min £/€10 bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Free bets of 2 x £/€15 issued after first qualifying bet settles. Max £/€10 Bonus. 35x wagering requirement. Max redeemable bonus: £25. Casino bonus expires after 72 hours. UK & Eire only. Additional T&Cs, including free-bet, game, location, payment method and stake contributions apply. begambleaware.org.
x
Up to £100 in bet credits
Exclusive Promo Code
100BET365
JOIN NOW
#AD Open Account Offer. Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply. The bonus code ‘100BET365’ can be used during registration, but does not change the offer amount in any way. 18+ begambleaware.org.
Advert Disclaimer
Thesackrace.com is a free online resource which endeavour to provide helpful and useful content and odds comparison to its visitors. Please be advised that Thesackrace.com accepts affiliate commission from the companies appearing on the site, and agreed commission levels impact the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented on the website. Any ratings that appear on this site is determined by our subjective opinion of the brand but also based on market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, commission paid to us and general consumer interest. Company listings on this page don't imply our endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our terms and conditions, all statements and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including odds, which appear on this site is subject to change at any time.
Next in firing line Hottest Manager Markets

Premier League

Next Manager to Leave

Arsenal

Next Manager

Atletico Madrid

Next Manager

Barcelona

Next Manager

Celtic

Next Manager

Crystal Palace

Next Manager

England

Next Manager

England U21

Next Manager

Germany

Next Manager

Liverpool

Next Manager

Manchester United

Next Manager

Newcastle United

Next Manager

Paris St Germain

Next Manager

Preston North End

Next Manager

Real Madrid

Next Manager

Republic of Ireland

Next Manager

Southampton

Next Manager

Tottenham Hotspur

Next Manager

Valencia

Next Manager
x
Bet £10 Get £40 in Free Bets
£30 in free sports bets + £10 Casino Bonus #AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using promo code M40 only. 1x per customer. Min £/€10 bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Free bets of 2 x £/€15 issued after first qualifying bet settles. Max £/€10 Bonus. 35x wagering requirement. Max redeemable bonus: £25. Casino bonus expires after 72 hours. UK & Eire only. Additional T&Cs, including free-bet, game, location, payment method and stake contributions apply. begambleaware.org.
BET HERE
We use cookies to provide statistics that help give you the best experience of our site. By continuing to use the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more
Got It