Middlesbrough line up former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka as new manager

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Boro are set to name Jose Mourinho’s former No2 Aitor Karanka as their boss.

The is in pole position to succeed Tony Mowbray, and caretaker boss Mark Venus.

Karanka, 40, has been attracting the interest of managerless Crystal Palace after flying to England for talks on Monday

However of landing Karanka who’s agent Jorge Mendez is close to chairman Steve Gibson and the Spaniard is likely to be unveiled tomorrow on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Boro have been considering trying a new development model by linking up with continental clubs and getting talented youngsters on loan to spark a revival.

Karanka managed the Spanish Under-16 side five years ago and knows their youth ranks well.

He also assisted Mourinho at Real Madrid.

, after overseeing a huge reduction in costs during his three-year reign.


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