Karanka confirmed as Boro boss

Middlesbrough have confirmed the appointment of Aitor Karanka as the club's new head coach.

Last Updated: 13/11/13 at 18:35 Post Comment

Aitor Karanka: Unveiled as Middlesbrough's new boss

Aitor Karanka: Unveiled as Middlesbrough's new boss

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The Spaniard has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Riverside and becomes the club's first foreign head coach.

Boro have been without a permanent boss since Tony Mowbray's departure last month, but chairman Steve Gibson has acted after Karanka was heavily linked with the vacant managerial position at Crystal Palace.

"It's a very important day for me," Karanka told a press conference. "It's my first job and the best thing for me because I am joining a club that is like a family with big facilities, a big stadium and big supporters.

"It's my time. I spent three years with Jose Mourinho and he supported me every day. I learned a lot with him and I'm ready to start.

"I have been speaking with him a lot and he recommended to come here because he believes in this project like me."

Boro chairman Steve Gibson admitted football's global reach had forced him to look abroad for the first time.

"Football isn't foreign any more, it's global, we're all one," he said. "In the past I could rightly be accused of being a 'Little Englander', but we are searching for a first-class coach and where that search takes us can't just be in our back yard, in the north east, England; it has to be global.

"I set down a clear template of what we were looking for and Aitor was the outstanding candidate.

"(Sacking Mowbray) was as tough as you can imagine. I was very fond of Tony, but in this game you are driven by results and the results weren't happening for us. There was an inevitability that we had to change things.

"Having made the decision, over 100 people applied. We had three outstanding candidates and Aitor met the criteria we were looking for."

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