Middlesbrough Hires Former Real Madrid Coach Karanka as Manager

Middlesbrough hired former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka to replace Tony Mowbray, who was fired last month as the soccer club struggled in the bottom half of England’s Championship.

The 40-year-old Spaniard was an assistant to Jose Mourinho at Real, and will be Middlesbrough’s first foreign manager. The former coach of Spain’s under-16 squad left Madrid when Mourinho moved to Chelsea and was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.

Middlesbrough is 16th in the 24-team Championship, five points above the relegation zone after 15 games.

“He brings with him some fantastic experience as a player and as a talented young coach,” Chief Executive Officer Neil Bausor said in a statement on the team’s website.

Karanka played 93 times for Real Madrid, including in the 2000 Champions League final victory over Valencia, Middlebrough said in the statement.

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