Aitor Karanka has left his position as Middlesbrough head coach.
The Spaniard arrived to take training this morning but was immediately relieved of his duties.
In a statement, Karanka said: “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. 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.”
— Aitor Karanka (@Karanka) March 16, 2017
Steve Agnew will step up from his role as assistant head coach to take control of the first team.
Karanka joined Middlesbrough in November 2013 and guided them to the Premier League last season after reaching the play-off final in his first full season in charge.
The 43-year-old former Real Madrid defender, who was in his first full managerial role after serving as Jose Mourinho’s assistant at the Bernabeu, succesfully took Boro back into the top flight following a seven-year absence.
However, off the pitch things were not so smooth, with Karanka sensationally walking out in March 2016 – one year and five days before his eventual sacking – following an argument with his players.
Middlesbrough's league record under the departed Aitor Karanka:
P150 W68 D40 L42
Won 64 of 123 games in Championship, but 4 of 27 in PL pic.twitter.com/QiZOeicTv2
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) March 16, 2017