Middlesborough sack manager, Aitor Karanka

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Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has agreed to leave the club by mutual consent.

Middlesbrough sacked manager Aitor Karanka yesterday and handed the 43-year-old's assistant, Steve Agnew, the pressing task of trying to keep the relegation-threatened club in the English Premier League. But will it keep them up?

"Aitor 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".

Arsene Wenger is another manager whose future has been questioned this season.

Last season's Championship runners-up are firmly embroiled in a relegation battle, without a win in ten Premier League games.

The former Real Madrid assistant manager took over at the Riverside in November 2013 to become Middlesbrough's first ever non-British boss.

The club met with Karanka and following discussions, Boro said it was in their "best interests" to make the change.

The club, promoted last season, thanked the Spaniard for his work over the past 31/2 years.

Middlesbrough's board have now made a decision to look for a new man to lead them to survival in the final games of the Premier League season. Tensions had risen once again between Karanka and the club since December, when league results went irretrievably south. "We wish him all the best for the future".

Agnew will take charge for Sunday's big home clash against Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, who are on an unbeaten 17 match league run but will be without suspended top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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