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Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka de la Hoz (born 18 September 1973) is a retired Spanish footballer who played mainly as a central defender (on occasion, he occupied the left back position).

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REACTION: Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka says he wants a squad full of fighters
Aitor Karanka reveals what will happen to wantaway star Gaston Ramirez.
Gaston Ramirez 'has to show everybody how good he is', Aitor Karanka says [Gazette Sport]
Gaizka Mendieta calls for change at Valencia and defends Aitor Karanka's right to criticise Middlesbrough fans
Karanka: This game is massive - Aitor Karanka has billed Middlesbroughs clash with Leicester, live o...
Aitor Karanka:. "Manchester United created much more problems for us than Manchester City."
Aitor Karanka: "Manchester United created more chances against us than Manchester City."
Jose Mourinho, Aitor Karanka and the master-apprentice dynamic in football. via @
Aitor Karanka set to renew his interest in Harry Maguire (From The Northern Echo)
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has revealed that striker Fernando Llorente could have joined the club in the s…
Aitor Karanka says former team mate Fernando Llorente was on Boro's list of targets in the summer. [Mirror]
Chelsea are favourites to win Premier League title because of lack of European football, says Aitor Karanka
Aitor Karanka's frustration at Daniel Ayala's injury problems is clearly growing. Clear that tensions exist..
Aitor Karanka gets fantastic looking three pages in today's Mirror. And love this graphic of Gareth Southgate. Better…
🔁 78' Aitor Karanka now makes his first change, with Viktor Fischer replacing Stuart Downing.
I can testify to City's quality but Aitor Karanka's side looks like they've got nothing to lose. Playing with no intensity and purpose. LAME
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Aitor Karanka hits back with a second half coat addition.
look at this nonsense.. Who says this even when drunk stupid?
Aitor Karanka: 'The best manager in the world? Pep Guardiola isn't even the best in Manch..
Victor Valdes: "Boss, I have a huge gash on my thigh. I don't know if I can continue...". Aitor Karanka: *Glances at Guzan* "Stay on Victor"
Here's hoping that Aitor Karanka is listening to you.
Aitor Karanka obviously showing who his boss was😂😂
Aitor Karanka was the assistant coach of Real Madrid during Jose's time there. . Now you know why Middlesbrough is so disciplined in defence.
You can tell Aitor Karanka worked for Jose Mourinho.
Aitor Karanka learned is a former assistant of Jose Mourinho... if you couldn't guess from his tactics
Massive fan of Aitor Karanka's antics meaning Mourinho isn't even the best at parking the bus anymore
Aitor Karanka of Middleborough adopting the tactics of his mentor Jose.
Aitor Karanka on Pep: "He's [Pep] just lucky to have a tree, which already has its fruit."
Karanka: Mou a better manager than Pep - ESPN FC
Aitor Karanka: "He [Guardiola] is one of the best managers, but there are many other managers better him."
Aitor Karanka on Pep: "And He's not my friend too in Spain NT. So I have not relationship whatsoever with him."
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please has Pep and Aitor Karanka play against each other during their playing days.. who get beta head to head
Aitor Karanka: "Guardiola is not my friend. El Clasico is a big match around the world, and I'm Madridista."
Aitor Karanka: "For me, quite remarkable and an honor to working with him [Jose], I know him better than Guardiola."
Shots fired!. Aitor Karanka; There is only one Boss in Manchester. . Pep; Aitor was a very good defender(not acknowledging him as a manager).
Aitor Karanka on Jose: "I've worked with him [Jose] for three years and I know the method, characters, and everythi…
Jose Mourinho remains a better manager than Pep Guardiola, according to Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka.
Aitor Karanka boutta handle Pep that L for his fellow boss Jose Mourinho
The whole interview with for already On Demand
READ | Aitor "It’s just about going into the game the same way that we went into Full story -
Pepe & man city get ready 4 mighty Aitor Karanka red and white army Boro win 1-0
POW! Latest Football News: Karanka: Mou a better manager than Pep
Middlesbrough boss Karanka takes swipe at Man City's Guardiola: Mourinho's better than you
Karanka: Mou a better manager than Pep
ESPN.:- Karanka: Mou a better manager than Pep
ICYMI | Here's what Aitor had to say on today's match at -
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Aitor Karanka calls it that Jose Mourinho is better than pep and it doesn't make the headlines yet?
Aitor Karanka on Pep Guardiola: "He’s changing. In the past it was always about possession but the last game they scored o…
Aitor Karanka on Leadbitter: "When he has to, he can give a bollocking to somebody."
Jose Mourinho is a better manager than Pep Guardiola - Aitor Karanka
Karanka says it was a good performance? Who bought Tony Mowbray an Aitor Karanka onesie, then put him in charge?
WATCH | Aitor Karanka discusses Saturday's trip to in today's news conference -
Aitor Karanka says he's disappointed by comments from Lee Tomlin claiming Boro's late arrival to Wembley impacted them i…
Evening Gazette: are now working *** other targets, with Aitor Karanka still eager to sign Adam Clayton.
give Aitor Karanka a couple of years.🤓
Espinosa is keen to link up with Aitor Karanka and talks are underway over a potential move (Daily Mail)
Middlesbrough FC news and transfer rumours: Aitor Karanka's press conference
Aitor Karanka calls on Middlesbrough FC to show ‘how big...
Imagine Seven Nation Army playing at a football match and not being accompanied by Aitor Karanka's name
So I went for few games of bowling last night with work. Ended up in Empire singing Oooo Aitor Karanka.. Woke up at my bosses house🙈
Without a doubt! Aitor Karanka has done well with Middlesbrough
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Playing Middlesbrough will be special for Mourinho coming up against his former assistant Aitor Karanka!
Everybody has been talking about mourinho vs pep while I'm waiting patiently for mourinho vs aitor karanka 😜👍🏻
Have you seen our video for 'Aitor...' ? Guaranteed good crack:
‘Aitor Karanka should continue as head coach’...
Of the promoted teams most excited to see Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough,their attacking football will be a peach.
Spanish International Arbeloa will be a free agent in the Summer and Aitor Karanka wants to bring him to the Riverside Stadium
Whatever happens to today, Aitor Karanka won't be around next season because dropping Rhodes + Downing shows contempt for Steve Gibson
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka bemoans disallowed goal in draw with Birmingham City: 'When you score one goal…
READ | Aitor Karanka has issued a rallying call to fans ahead of the Ipswich game -
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka on Valencia's list of Gary Neville
Karanka hails Ramirez performance: Aitor Karanka hailed Gaston Ramirez's 'best performance' in a...
Boro injury boost for Karanka: Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka revealed he has a fully fit s...
Aitor Karanka has shown that you don't need to be British to succeed in the Championship.
Middlesbrough 1-0 Hull: Boro go second in Championship on Aitor Karanka return as Tigers make ...
Some early Aitor Karanka chants from the Red Faction at the Riverside - while the PA plays out La Bamba.
Breaking news. Aitor Karanka revealed as Jedi Knight by using an old jedi mindtrick to get his job back
CLUB STATEMENT | Aitor Karanka to resume first duties with immediate effect -
Troubled Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka will not take charge of Sunday's clash against Charlton, the club have confirmed, following
BREAKING: Aitor Karanka will not take charge of Middlesbrough's game against Charlton on Sunday...
- Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka will not take charge of Charlton clash as his future hangs in the balan...
- Middlesbrough set to sack Aitor Karanka after manager storm... via
Aitor Karanka's future at Middlesbrough is in doubt after he stormed out of a team meeting, according to Sky sources.
Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough future in doubt after storming out of team meeting. More here: https…
READ | Aitor Karanka with the latest updates on Grant Leadbitter and Dani Ayala -
READ | Aitor Karanka confirms will be without Grant Leadbitter tomorrow -
Peter Shilton, fat Ronaldo and Aitor Karanka(exact day)
Aitor Karanka watch out. No win in 3.Oops forgot about Steve Gibson being a 'Boro fan. They sign Rhodes & Rimerez. We go to Cheltenham Town
Boro head coach Aitor Karanka has confirmed Daniel Ayala won't be available for tomorrow's game against MK Dons. More on
Aitor Karanka plans a "few changes" and one will be replacing defender Daniel Ayala at MK Dons tomorrow.
Aitor Karanka hopes to have Daniel Ayala back for the trip to Leeds next week but he won't be fit for MK Dons tomorrow more on
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Aitor Karanka: Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes was an 'unexpected' gift from Middles...
Aitor Karanka: "Madridista equally loving on Mourinho and Ancelotti. Jose find a way, Carlo emulate him."
Well done Steve Gibson, Aitor Karanka and players. Today 2,000 plus fans made the 600 miles round trip to Brighton.
Xavi when asked about lower league English football: "I follow Middlesbrough because Aitor Karanka is there."
Aitor Karanka: 'With things like Uwe Rosler losing his job, it's a privilege to work for Steve Gibson'
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has scooped the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award, while Blackburn forward Jordan Rhodes
Karanka scoops September gong - Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has been named the Sky Bet Champ...
boss Aitor Karanka is Champ Manager of the Month. Daniel Ayala misses out on Player of the Month to Jordan Rhodes. More on
from 6. Birthday boy Aitor Karanka, Ronnie Moore & GB swimmer in the studio
Aitor Karanka backs Adam Reach to be key figure for Middlesbrough...
we sang ALL MATCH. Still can't quite my tongue around the Aitor Karanka, Ayala, Fabbrini, Meijas, Garcia song though lol
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka confirms suspected leg break for ...
Albert Adomah has handed in a transfer request at Middlesbrough after an alleged bust-up with manager Aitor Karanka [sky sports]
Karanka pride at away victory: Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka spoke of his pride aft...
Middlesbrough FC Head Coach Aitor Karanka gives his verdict on Boro's Championship clash with Sheff Wed via
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Aitor Karanka... Genius. Albert Adomah can swivel on 6" as far as I'm concerned.
NEWS: Karanka pride at away victory (via Sky Sports)
come one then... Aitor Karanka, Dani Ayala, Diego fabbrini... I can't make out the rest...?
READ | "Today was difficult, it's a hard place to play but we did well."
Once again Aitor Karanka proves he knows more about football than we do
Great result after a tough week, ohhh Aitor Karanka.
Is Aitor Karanka still a clueless wanker ? Some boro fans make me laugh
Boro news and transfer updates live: Woody says 'relax' and Aitor Karanka's ...
Albert Adomah left out of Boro squad to face Sheffield Wednesday: . Aitor Karanka's side will be desperat...
READ | Here's what Aitor Karanka had to say about today's game -
Aitor Karanka says there's no need to panic after last weekend's home defeat - we'll hear from in the news this morning.
[SPORT] Karanka: 'We can cope with Sheffield Wednesday's attacking weapon': AITOR KARANKA is confident his Mid...
BREAKING: We have completed the signing of from Babestation FC ht…
Aitor Karanka has pledged his future to Middlesbrough by agreeing a new four year deal. Huge boost for the Teessiders.
Hull City are leading the race to sign Boro winger Albert Adomah after a recent spat with manager Aitor Karanka
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Fernando Amorebieta (has returned to & fellow ex-Athletic CB Aitor Karanka after a loan spell.
has been upsetting but Aitor Karanka will not let it derail the club. My view at
ICYMI... Aitor Karanka: 'Boro are a Premier League club, my job is to get them there again'...
READ: Steve Agnew says Aitor Karanka is making everyone winners in his latest blog.
Jose Mourinho loaned Aitor Karanka a striker (Bramford) at Boro, Now player of the season, set to get Boro up to the EPL :) The Mou clique.
READ: Aitor Karanka - "It was the whole club that won tonight."
Aitor Karanka says Daniel Ayala was taken off against Rotherham yesterday as a precaution.
And finaly. Aitor Karanka believes Daniel Ayala and are making strong progress and could both feature for Rotherham.
‘Aitor Karanka will be a tip manager in European football’, insists Peter Beagrie -
'Aitor Karanka will be a top manager in European football', insists Peter Beagrie: The Teesside-born pund...
Me: So what nationality is Aitor Karanka? Bro: He's foreign. Me: Well thank you, John Motson.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: Blackpool gave me more trouble ...:
Aitor Karanka full of praise for Middlesbrough after Manchester City ...:
Anyone see Aitor Karanka instantly age 30 years on Match Of The Day?
Middlesbrough pulled off an FA Cup upset as they beat Premier League champions Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.Patrick Bamford’s goal in the early stages of the second half put Boro ahead and substitute *** doubled the lead in stoppage time to take the Championship side into the last 16.Although there were opportunities for Willy Caballero and Dedryck Boyata, City boss Manuel Pellegrini named a strong side that included the likes of Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero so could hardly point to a weakened line-up.But in a game that pitted a Former Real Madrid coach in Pellegrini against a former assistant manager at the Bernabeu in Boro boss Aitor Karanka, it was an ex-Real goalkeeper that stole the show.Tomas Mejias made just one La Liga appearance for the Spanish giants prior to joining Middlesbrough last year but showed plenty of class in a hugely impressive display to deny City.Mejias kept out Stevan Jovetic’s rasping shot from distance before pulling off a
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Here's what Aitor Karanka had to say about our visit to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
READ: boss Aitor Karanka on the Royals and Steve Clarke
Today marks Aitor Karanka's first year anniversary as Head Coach at Boro!
Middlesbrough boss expects Chelsea loanee Aitor Karanka believes that Patrick Bamford will remain with Middlesbrough past his initial loan deal. / gettyimages.com Bamford signed on loan at the Riverside in the opening stages of the season, opting to stay originally until January. The England Under-21 star has found a rich vein of form in recent weeks, scoring in his last two matches to take his seasonal tally to three. He has also netted in the League Cup, and has become a key part in Boro’s quick ascension to second place in the Championship table. Having proven himself in the second division last season - with eight goals in 21 games for play-off finalists Derby County - Bamford was set to join up with the Blues first- team over the summer, but, with the arrivals of Diego Costa and Loic Remy, the youngster was once again farmed out on loan - and Boro have been benefiting. However, with January fast approaching, head coach Karanka is set to lose the former Nottingham Forest man - with his deal set to e ...
Steve Gibson, Aitor Karanka and the team deserve a big crowd on Saturday. Top two teams vying for top spot. GET BEHIND …
Middlesbrough manager, Aitor Karanka, on Patrick Bamford:. "I’m very pleased with him.".
Aitor Karanka keen on extending Patrick Bamford’s loan deal at Middlesbrough via
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is hopeful of extending on loan Chelsea star Patrick Bamford's ...
Championship: Middlesbrough hope to extend Patrick Bamford loan stay: Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is...
Aitor Karanka: "We are all the same importance, from the chairman to the kitman, we are a team."
Karanka eyeing Bamford extension: Aitor Karanka is hopeful of extending loan signing Patrick Bamford's stay at...
If someone can explain how Aitor Karanka is not a nominee for manager of the month?...
READ: Aitor Karanka hopes Patrick Bamford will stay with Boro past January.
Really interesting hour this afternoon listening to interview Aitor Karanka for this weekend's
Aitor Karanka says he's excited about the prospect taking Boro top of the C'ship - if they beat Bournemouth on Sat.
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Watch: AK 'doesn't expect' problems in extending loan
AK plays down importance of top of the table showdown with on Saturday -
From today's presser. AK: 'If someone said we'd be in this position a year ago, I wouldn't have believed them'
Lee Tomlin and Albert Adomah declared fit for Boro's trip to Wolves: Boro head coach Aitor Karanka confir...
A top form Lee Tomlin can be a key player for says Aitor Karanka
A familiar face is itching to prove a point to boss Aitor Karanka on Saturday...
Boro patient over Bamford deal: Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says he will wait for Chelsea striker Patrick...
Aitor Karanka says are still working on signing Patrick Bamford but will move onto other targets if a deal falls through.
Aitor Karanka has stated he wants Lewis Baker to join the club on loan
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has revealed that the club are on the verge of signing
More from Boro boss Aitor Karanka on Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford in the 4:30 sport with next.
Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough's manager) has confirmed he met with Chelsea's Patrick Bamford, nothing official yet. [
Aitor Karanka has confirmed he has met Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford and hopes he will decide to join
Transfer news: boss Aitor Karanka says the deal for Bamford now rests with the player after the pair met earlier today. A.K is hopeful
AItor Karanka hopes he has done enough to persuade Patrick Bamford to join on loan from but if deal done he won't play at
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APPARENTLY Vic, Our mate Aitor Karanka was at the Valencia vs AC Milan game last night? Care to shed any light on that?
Aitor Karanka tells Patrick Bamford he can be important f… (via Fanzo
Aitor Karanka confirmed in today's press conference that talks are ongoing to bring in midfielder Lewis Baker on loan.
[SPORT] Karanka confirms Boro closing in on Bamford deal: AITOR KARANKA has confirmed that Middlesbrough have ...
Aitor Karanka: 'I've told Patrick Bamford he can be an important player at
Off to speak to Aitor Karanka shortly ahead of tomorrow's trip to The boss wasn't impressed with his team's showing at
The thoughts of Aitor Karanka, Albert Adomah and Damia Abella following the loss at Leeds. Boros...
Outcome altered by disallowed goal says Boro boss. Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka felt the...
Elland Road is where Aitor Karanka took charge for for the very first time where he saw Jason Steele sent off and a 2-1 defeat.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka confirmed he is aiming to sign two players on loan from Chelsea after watching his side win 3-0 at Oldham in the first round of the Capital One Cup. Boro are chasing striker Patrick Bamford and midfielder George Saville as they bid to launch a Sky Bet Championship promotion campaign. Bamford, 20, impressed on loan at Derby and MK Dons last season, while Saville, 21, helped Brentford win promotion from League One.
Middlesbrough closing in on Jelle Vossen as Aitor Karanka re-signs Chelsea's Kenneth Omeruo
Former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka has insisted that Jose Mourinho did not divide the team -
Would be an absolute nightmare to Middlesbrough & Aitor Karanka if Kenneth Omeruo moves to Hull on loan
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka expects 20yo Kenneth Omeruo to return to the club on loan from Chelsea next season.
Aitor Karanka is set to bring in Former Real Madrid team-mate Ivan Perez Munoz as part of a back-room reshuffle
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Former Middlesbrough player Frazer Richardson has signed for Rotherham. The player was used just once under Aitor Karanka
I just hope Aitor Karanka has done enough to persuade the man below to join, if not we move on quickly
Aitor Karanka has added ex Real Madrid teammate Ivan Perez Munoz to his Middlesbrough coaching team
New coach Ivan Perez Munoz set to be Aitor Karanka's tactical analyst:
Boro eye Juanfran deal: Middlesbrough have made a move for full-back Juanfran, who coach Aitor Karanka knows f...
Aitor Karanka : The most important thing is Chelsea will be happy sending players to Middlesbrough.
Aitor Karanka : And it is important Jose and me are happy because the players are playing for me and are good for me and for him too.
Former Real Madrid striker Ivan Perez Munoz is set to join the backroom staff at Middlesbrough as Aitor Karanka’s assistant.
Middlesbrough are hopeful the man below Juanfran of Real Betis will be Aitor Karanka's first summer signing for €2M
Aitor Karanka is our first foreign manager!!
Aitor Karanka's ex-Real Madrid team-mate Ivan Perez targets promotion as he prepares to join staff:
Juanfran would be unreal if Karanka pulled it off, £2M is a lot for us to fork out, but we have to trust Aitor that it'll be worth it
Also Aitor Karanka has added Ivan Perez Munoz to his backroom staff, they both were team mates at Real Madrid
.boss Aitor Karanka adds former team-mate Ivan Perez Munoz to his coaching staff at the club.
Former Real Madrid forward Ivan Perez has confirmed he has been appointed by Boro to assist Aitor Karanka ... (1/2)
The player in green and white is Real Betis's Juanfran who is a reported target for Aitor Karanka's side
Pérez: "I'm going to England to assist Aitor Karanka in Middlesbrough." -
you've got a manager who couldn't even run a bath! Bet it's his dream to stand on the same touch line as Aitor Karanka!
watching pt2 Real Madrid footballs greatest, Quite sure that's Aitor Karanka...
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Five affordable stars who might be catching the eye of boss Aitor Karanka.
Aitor Karanka is hopeful player sales will go through at Middlesbrough soon so he can begin his recruitment drive
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka will be in contact with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho this week in an attempt to sign players
Aitor Karanka has admitted he may have to sell key players, as well as Emnes & Jutliwicz, if it is right for the team
You can read the full story on the Gazette's website through the following link
Aitor Karanka plans on giving the Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho a call this week as he looks to strengthen his squad for the new season.
Aitor Karanka may call boss Jose Mourinho as rebuild starts at
Aitor Karanka knows he may have to sell before he can buy. Boros realistic head coach Aitor Karanka...
Aitor Karanka may call Jose Mourinho as rebuild starts at Boro. Boro boss Aitor Karanka was Jose...
Aitor Karanka will return to Rockliffe Park this week to begin his transfer deals in order to strengthen his side.
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Aitor Karanka could look to José Mourinho and Chelsea for players to sign yet again next season.
Kenneth Omeruo's representative has claimed that the Nigeria international has snubbed a new contract offer from Chelsea. The 21-year-old defender has just returned to Stamford Bridge after spending the second half of last season on loan at Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka admits he may be tempted to make a permanent approach for Sunderland striker Danny Graham. He has also refused to rule out the possibility of Lukas Jutkiewicz staying at the Riverside Stadium once he returns from a loan spell at Bolton. two very interesting stories regarding the boro!
“Aitor Karanka is open to selling Lukas Jutkiewicz in the summer according to the Northern Echo. …
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says he is willing to consider offers for Lukas Jutkiewicz in the summer
"Up The Boro Brownlee" has his deed poll document witnessed by Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka, all in the name of BBC Sport Relief! Have a listen to BBC Tees Breakfast with Up The Boro Brownlee, tomorrow morning from 6 on 95fm, and please share this for Sport Relief!
Boro have tonight confirmed the appointment of club legend Craig Hignett as Assistant Head Coach to Aitor Karanka.
- Middlesbrough's goal drought will end soon - Aitor Karanka
Aitor Karanka has been keeping tabs on Luke Williams' progress at Hartlepool with Colin Cooper and liked what he saw
boss Aitor Karanka confirms he dropped Mustapha Carayol for 0-0 draw v at weekend after admitting he "didn't like his attitude".
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has confirmed that he dropped winger Mustapha Carayol from his squad to face Leeds last week.
Aitor Karanka confirms Muzzy Carayol axe. Player told not to train last week and contract talks have stalled. …
'He will have his opportunity': Luke Williams begins bid to win place in Aitor Karanka's line-up:
BIRMINGHAM MAIL Paul Lambert is refusing to panic about Aston Villa's precarious Premier League position despite a last-gasp defeat at Newcastle edging them closer to relegation trouble. EXPRESS & STAR West Brom striker Matej Vydra today asked for a first-team chance alongside Victor Anichebe as the Baggies searched for a partnership to save them from relegation. Pepe Mel today insisted Scott Sinclair has a role to play in Albion's survival fight. THE SENTINEL Mark Hughes has told his players to give it some Hammer to drag themselves out of the nether regions of the Premier League. FULHAM CHRONICLE Lewis Holtby has defended Fulham boss Felix Magath's controversial methods and said: "He's not a murderer." SOUTH WALES EVENING POST Brendan Rodgers has backed Garry Monk to become Swansea City's full-time boss after saluting the "brilliant" job he has done in just a few weeks at the helm. WALES ONLINE Former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay insists cancelling the warm-weather training trip to Abu Dhabi could be ...
I'm quite happy with Aitor Karanka at the Boro
Steve Claridge thinks players might not be good enough to play Aitor Karanka's system. What do you think? at 6pm...
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Aitor Karanka has admitted that Muzzy Carayol's attitude was the reason he was dropped against Leeds.
Mustapha Carayol was dropped for Saturday's home clash with Leeds because of his 'attitude', Boro boss Aitor Karanka has claimed. ~ Gazette
LONDON EVENING STANDARD Harry Redknapp is adamant his job at QPR is not under threat and remains confident the club will win promotion to the Premier League this season. MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS David Moyes and his squad trained in Manchester on Monday morning ahead of their Champions League clash in Greece, with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Nani absent. Nemanja Vidic believes he can go out in a blaze of glory in Lisbon on May 24 in the Champions League final. Joleon Lescott has claimed he turned down a January departure from Manchester City in order to help guide the club to silverware. LIVERPOOL ECHO Lacina Traore will undergo further tests to learn the extent of his latest hamstring injury. NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE Loic Remy has revealed Newcastle United are still aiming for Europe. THE JOURNAL After watching Loic Remy score Newcastle United's first post-Yohan Cabaye goal, Alan Pardew has joked he may keep the striker hidden from potential suitors Gus Poyet admitted Lee Cattermole was left out of Sunderland's ...
My bet is that AK will play Meijas Osorio as Steele needs to recover his confidence after 3 months without playing.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is confident that the Teessiders will not suffer from the loss of Shay Given.
Aitor Karanka tells Boro not to obsess over lack of goals: Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka insist...
A carrier bag flying by Aitor Karanka's head while he slags off the team. Typical Boro.
Football - Boro goalkeeper place up for grabs: Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has challenged eac...
Aitor Karanka is a cool guy, isn't he?
Aitor Karanka confident Boro will end goals drought: Frustrated Aitor Karanka is convinced Middlesbrough...
Aitor Karanka: Yes it is six games without a goal and for that I am disappointed, I am always disappointed if we do not win. But if we play like we did today every week then the goals will arrive. We can not become obsessed by the goal. We must just continue to play the best way we can as a team and will create chances and the moment will come. Last week at Watford I was not happy because the team did not function as I asked. This week they did so for that I am happy. We had good chances, the team was good. I am not saying we deserved to win but we played well.
Caryol is fell out out with aitor karanka
Understand that Muzzy Carayol is NOT injured and has been left out by Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka insists 'goals will arrive' after draw with Leeds: Middlesbrough head coach A...
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka insists "the goals will arrive" after watching his side draw 0-0 with Leeds.
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Aitor Karanka disappointed with goalless draw
full time Riverside Stadium It has finished Middlesbrough FC 0-0 Leeds United A.F.C. good point for Aitor Karanka
I think aitor karanka is smoking crack has all the creative midfielders on bench and plays main on the wing I think hes shafting him get a grip and sort it out
OFF WE GO! LET’S STAR THE DAY WITH AN EASY DOUBLE!!! ENGLAND - Premier League CHELSEA VS EVERTON KICK OFF AT 12.45 FACTS CHELSEA John Terry missed the FA Cup defeat to Manchester City at the weekend, but is expected to start against Everton. Marco van Ginkel and David Luiz are sidelined through injury. Oscar is also expected to come into the starting XI at the expense of John Obi Mikel. EVERTON Lacina Traoré may be handed a first Premier League start having netted after just 4 minutes against Swansea on Sunday. With Steven Naismith a doubt, the Ivorian should lead the attack. Darron Gibson, Arouna Koné, Bryan Oviedo and Antolin Alcaraz will all miss the trip to Chelsea through injury, while Romelu Lukaku, who joins them on the sidelines, would've been unable to play against his parent club. Other than that, Roberto Martínez has no further injury worries. STATISTICS Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in 16 of their last 18 home matches in the Premier League. Chelsea are undefeated in their last 19 h ...
Luke Williams could have Boro first team future this season, says head coach Aitor Karanka
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has challenged each of his goalkeepers to prove they are the man to succeed Shay Given.
Aitor Karanka has restored Middlesbrough's optimism and has them moving steadily up the Championship table
Head coach Aitor Karanka says Middlesbrough's stumble in form is because they "think they are better than they are".
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has backed Lee Tomlin to be a success for the club.
Aitor Karanka has accused some of his Middlesbrough players of "thinking they are better than they are''
Middlesbrough: Aitor Karanka accuses players of overconfidence -
boro leeds next saturday can't wait , i expect Aitor Karanka will be going full blast for another clean sheet. both ends !
Aitor Karanka believes his football philosophy at Boro is familiar to Danny Graham through his time with the Liverpool boss at Swansea
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has warned new goalkeeper Tomas Mejias Osorio he will have to fight for a...
" The rotation remains on alert to Iker Casillas and Diego López " The young Spanish goalkeeper is excited by Middlesbrough English assignment . " Aitor Karanka called me and conveyed his confidence to come ," he told AS. - Congratulations on your move to Middlesbrough . - I am very happy , I have high hopes and wanted to start with this project. I come to a big club and is a good choice in sports for me. - Karanka called him to persuade his move ? Yes, Aitor called me and conveyed his confidence to come . It was very important to me. Not only know me from our stage in Madrid. We also know from the 2009 Mediterranean Games , in which we go out champions Spain . - Takes from 2001 through the ranks at Madrid. It would make up his first practice with rare Boro ... Leave Madrid - is sad because I grew up there . I got everything. Now begins a new stage. It is true that it has made me a little weird, but you get used quickly. - How have you been ? - Well . The truth is that there are three or four who speak S ...
In this hard hitting episode we talk about Ribery's sore bottom, Aitor Karanka robbing a library and Sammy's new dog.
According to the Boro fans, which players have improved since Aitor Karanka took over from Tony Mowbray?
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka insists that goals will come for his side if they play well.
Aitor Karanka: I am happy with the work of my team, When you work good, the results will arrive and I hope the goals will arrive too. We need to score, this is the problem we have now, In the beginning we had mistakes. Now the whole team is defending well. We need to keep working in the same way. Last week against Doncaster I was very angry, but I think Saturday (Blackburn) we played very well, certainly in the first half, but couldn't score. I'm not happy when I don't win, but I am okay with my team for last Saturday because they did everything I asked them to when we had our meeting.
Citing reports in Belgium, the Daily Express claims Jose Mourinho is keen for Hazard to continue his development away from Chelsea. But after impressing on loan at Zulte Waregem in Belgium, Mourinho wants the younger Hazard to adapt to football in England. And, under the watchful eye of former-Real Madrid coach Aitor Karanka - now manager at Middlesbrough - Mourinho believes Hazard will shine. The plan is for Hazard to continue to progress away from Stamford Bridge, much like Romelu Lukaku has done at West Brom and Everton over the last two seasons. The younger Hazard, currently 20-years-old, has been excellent for his Belgian club. He leads Zulte Waregem with nine goals in 25 appearances in the Jupiler league so far this term. ★Source: Daily Express
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka is a target for the Swansea managerial position, according to a report.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was interested in signing the likes of Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani in the summer - but claims he did not go through with deals to keep the Blues in line with the new Financial Fair Play rules. Tim Sherwood admits Tottenham could lose their top stars if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League, with the club lining up a new contract offer for Jan Vertonghen to ward off European giants. David Ginola reckons Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has an outside chance of making France's World Cup squad if he decides to pledge his allegiance to Les Bleus. Ravel Morrison looks likely to move to Queens Park Rangers on loan as West Ham run out of patience with the midfielder. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keen to keep Gareth Barry beyond the end of his season-long loan stay. Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho appear unlikely to feature in City's first-leg meeting with Barcelona, Manuel Pellegrini has revealed. United veteran Rio Ferdinand has hit back at a report in The ...
Aitor Karanka has challenged his players to match Grant Leadbitter's industry to fuel a promotion challenge.
Aitor Karanka is hoping January loan signings Danny Graham and Lee Tomlin can provide the goals to fire...
Aitor Karanka has insisted on loan striker Danny Graham has an important role to play in keeping Middlesbrough in with a chance of making the Championship play-offs.
Middlesbrough v Blackburn news. Skipper Jonathan Woodgate is fit to return in defence, with Daniel Ayala joining the also injured Rhys Williams. Albert Adomah is also set to return after missing out against Doncaster through injury last week, Danny Graham could also get his first start as Aitor Karanka looks to make changes after no goals in the last 3 games.
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Omeruo Benefits From Ayala Injury The coast has been laid bare for more playing time and a regular appearance in the starting line-up of Middlesbrough of England by Kenneth Omeruo, following a long-term injury picked up by one of the Championship club’s defender, Daniel Ayala. Information on offer from The Riverside indicates that Boro boss, Aitor Karanka is bound to put more trust in Omeruo, who had his debut last weekend against Doncaster, with the AFCON 2013 revelation now expected to fit in for the injured Ayala. The former Sunshine Stars of Alure stopper, who has also played for Standard Liege of Belgium and ADO Den Haag of Holland, will, however, have to ward off an expected stiff challenge from veteran defender, Jonathan Woodgate, who has already been tipped for a return to Boro’s starting lineup against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. Although Omeruo had to play as right-wing-back on his debut, he will fancy his chances of lining out in central defense over the coming days, especially as Ayala c ...
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So community library volunteer Mike Collinson heads to team hotel to speak to Aitor Karanka as Boro head coach holds his pre-match meeting
Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has challenged loan signing Danny Graham to rediscover the form which saw him terrorise Championship defences.
Aitor Karanka has thanked Shay Given for his outstanding service on and off the pitch. The vastly-experienced Irish keeper, who returns to his parent club Aston Villa at the end of the month, is eligible to play three more games for Boro before his 93-day loan lapses. Karanka said: We couldn’t do anything because his club wanted to keep him, He has been excellent since he came to our club. He is a big personality in the changing room and is helping our other keepers. So we say thank you to Shay and I hope he will continue to play as well as he has until the last second he is with us.
I’ll Play Any Position – Omeruo -States Commitment To Middlesbrough Middlesbrough of England defender, Kenneth Omeruo has pledged to play any position the club’s manager, Aitor Karanka chooses to employ him from, following his debut at right-wing-back last weekend against Doncaster Rovers. Omeruo played the entire game as right-wing-back at Keepmoat Stadium, as Boro claimed a point in a goalless draw that took them up to 12th on the Championship log, with 38 points from 29 matches. The 20-year-old lad, who is on a season-long loan deal from EPL giants, Chelsea, reflected on his performance in his first ever competitive game in England and, while admitting that he is used to playing as a central defender, says Karanka’s instructions helped him ease through the challenge. Omeruo has never hidden his desire to play at centre-back for club and country but hinted that he will be happy to play in any position as long as it serves the best interests of the club He assessed the tactical switch employed by ...
Super Eagles defender and Middlesbrough debutant, Kenneth Omeruo has declared that he knew exactly what to expect, and was prepared for it after finally getting the nod from head coach Aitor Karanka at Doncaster. The 20-year-old Nigeria international was thrown into the heat of Sky Bet Championship battle for the first time in Saturday's 0-0 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium having watched patiently from the stands since his arrival on loan from Chelsea on January 7. Physical battle Omeruo told the Evening Gazette: - I have watched a lot of Boro games over the past few weeks and I know that this is a very, very tough division. - Every team fights from the start to the finish and there is no let-up in any game. It is a real physical battle for 90 minutes and more and you can't switch off for a second. Mentality - When I was picked for the team, I knew that I had to switch to that same mentality straight away, and I think I did that. - It was a tough game, but I think I played well. I love to play. I was just di ...
Aitor Karanka: Middlesbrough boss threatens changes Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has criticised his side and threatened to drop players because they are not implementing his tactical plan. Five wins in six Championship matches lifted Boro to ninth on 18 January. Boro 2013-14 loan summary Loans in Nathaniel Chalobah, Shay Given, Danny Graham, Kenneth Omeruo, Lee Tomlin, Jozsef Varga. Loans out Ryan Brobbel, Christian Burgess, Matthew Dolan, Marvin Emnes, Andrew Halliday, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Adam Reach, Frazer Richardson, Richard Smallwood, Luke Williams, Charlie Wyke. But two points from their next three games, during which they have failed to score, has seen them fall to 13th. "It's not the side I saw beat Burnley [on Boxing Day]. We must press teams. I'll change the players if we do not recover that style," he told BBC Tees. There was significant activity on Teesside during the January transfer window, particularly in terms out outgoings. Ten players left the club, while Kenneth Omeruo, Nathaniel ...
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Aitor Karanka has expressed his deep sorrow at the news that Luis Aragones, who led Spain to the Euro 08 title, has passed away aged 75
Spotted having breakfast with Aitor Karanka at Rockliffe.Roy Cropper.
Aitor Karanka has confirmed that Rhys Williams is likely to miss the rest of the season with his Achilles injury.
Aitor Karanka has admitted Rhys Williams could well miss miss the World Cup after suffering a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon injury in Boro's goalless draw with Wigan
Boro head coach Aitor Karanka dismisses talk linking winger Mustapha Carayol with a move away from the Riverside
Aitor Karanka on possible Lukas Jutkiewicz loan deal: I spoke with him yesterday, I am happy with his work on the pitch and in training. But I was a player and I understand a player can get confidence with a new dressing room sometimes. A striker can sometimes see the goal bigger! But he must do what is right for him.
Boro head coach Aitor Karanka believes his players should have responded better after a refereeing error allowed Leicester to take the initiative
Post-match thoughts from head coach, Aitor Karanka:
While Boro boss Aitor Karanka does not believe for a second Holly has a role in results, he said the hamster was good for morale
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SWANSEA last night cleared a path for Celtic to secure £1.5million Rhys Williams by backing away from a deal for the Australian. The Middlesbrough defender is on the Parkhead wanted list and set to quit the Riverside this month as the Teessiders look to trim their squad. The Swans were the first to make a move but the deal hit a snag over the weekend having had an initial offer booted out by Boro chiefs. Now Record Sport understands the English Premier League outfit are ready to drop out of the race for the player and begin working on other targets they want at the Liberty Stadium. Celtic manager Neil Lennon has a range of players on his radar and Williams is one who has been identified to give him the competition he needs at centre-back, with Virgil van Dijk and Efe Ambrose having shouldered the burden for the first half of the campaign. The 26-year-old is a fans’ favourite after six years at the Riverside, however, new manager Aitor Karanka appears willing to let him go. Former Real Madrid player and ...
On behalf of MDSA, I'd like to offer sincere thanks to MFC, Middlesbrough FPA, Gordon Cox for stepping in as MC at short notice, and all concerned with their help, support, and donations of prizes, funds and time, to make last night's MDSA PoY Awards Dinner such another successful event - yet again, one of the best ever..!! Extra special thanks to those who attended and spent their hard earned, too. Without their attendance there wouldn't be an event like this.. I hope everyone had an enjoyable time. Thanks again to all the players - a great turnout from them, and smartly turned out too - the disabled fans, especially, relish the opportunity to meet them, have photos with them and get autographs; it means an awful lot to many of our less able members. Special thanks to manager, Aitor Karanka, for his first time at one of our Awards Dinners. His willingness to give his time and get involved with everyone was commendable.. nothing was too much trouble for him.. a lovely fella, too..!! Congratulations to ...
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has hailed Shay Given after the goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win...
José Mourinho fears that there is an error with Adnan Januzaj's birth certificate. "He's not 18, he's 25," the Chelsea manager jests of the prodigy who will carry the fight for Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. "He is so mature, so comfortable. A fantastic player. He has great conditions to have a long‑term career at United. I don't know the boy individually, but it looks like he has everything." Januzaj represents an ideal that Mourinho has come to covet and that, he admits, is among the principal drivers of his second spell at Chelsea. Januzaj, who has shot to prominence this season, is not exactly a home-grown product – United took him from Anderlecht as a 16-year-old in 2011 – but he is a player who has made the transition from academy prospect to first-team regular. "You can see that since I left [in 2007], Chelsea didn't really have a player coming direct from the academy to the first team," Mourinho says. "John Terry was the last and it was not with me. It was before me." Terry ...
Please, please stop talking about Suarez! Any chance of a mention for my team Boro? Aitor Karanka is doing a great job so far.
Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka relieved to get win 1-0 at Charlton: . Boro have now...
That Aitor Karanka & Mourinho's disc-jockeying video edit is hilarious. It'd probably make anyone laugh. Edited to perfection!
Aitor Karanka must be absolutely sick to death of every single José Mourinho question he gets asked
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