Middlesbrough sack Aitor Karanka before Manchester United clash

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Middlesbrough sack Aitor Karanka before Manchester United clash

The majority of Middlesbrough fans have been left disappointed by the departure of head coach Aitor Karanka. But will it keep them up?

Boro, 19th in the table and without a league win since Christmas, are 4-11 to be relegated and 7-4 to stay up with Manchester United at home the next fixture for the strugglers on Sunday.

Of course, the man himself was perfectly congenial in accepting the decision, and took the time to thank all the players and staff who'd served alongside side him for the last three and a half years...

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

Boro dropped into the Premier League relegation zone after three defeats in a row, and they now reside second from bottom, three points adrift of safety.

Agnew (9/2) will take charge of the first team for Sunday's clash with Man Utd, but the club are likely to appoint a new boss in the subsequent global break.

Middlesbrough are the lowest scorers in the Premier League this season with just 19 goals to their name.

A club statement said: "Both parties have agreed that it is in the best interests of the club to make this change".

"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".

Karanka had been at Boro since replacing Tony Mowbray in November 2013, in what was his first managerial role. Tensions had risen once again between Karanka and the club since December, when league results went irretrievably south.

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