English Championship side Middlesbrough have confirmed former Real Madrid assistant Coach Aitor Karanka as their new manager.
The second tier outfit were increasingly linked with a move for Jose Mourinho’s former No 2, having removed Tony Mowbray from their bench in October.
Boro have today confirmed the 40-year-old’s appointment on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
“We are delighted that Aitor has decided to further his coaching career with Middlesbrough as our Head Coach,” Chief Executive Neil Bausor has told Middlesbrough’s official website in a Press release confirming the news.
“He brings with him some fantastic experience as a player and as a talented young Coach. We are all excited about working with him.”
This is Karanka’s first senior role in management, following on from two years coaching the Spain Under-16s and three years at the Santiago Bernabeu under Mourinho before leaving with the Portuguese this summer.