Karanka leaves Boro via ‘mutual consent’

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Middlesbrough has announced head coach Aitor Karanka’s departure from the English Premier League relegation candidates, after three years at the helm.

Karanka helped the English side gain promotion from the Championship after a 7 year absence from the top-flight but the club recently dropped into the bottom three for the first time this season.

The board of directors acted ruthlessly in a bid to retain their league status.

With the Teesiders in 18th place, three points from safety, the club decided to part via mutual consent with the Spaniard, who reportedly fell out of favour due to a 10 game winless run.

"I'd like to thank Middlesbrough for a wonderful opportunity and the players, staff and all the people at the club who I have worked with. I'd also like to thank the fans for their support," he told the club's website.

"This club will always hold a special place for me and I wish everyone connected with Middlesbrough Football Club the very best for the future."

Assistant coach Steve Agnew has been placed in charge as caretaker manager.