Five managers Middlesbrough could appoint as Aitor Karanka is sacked

Middlesbrough announced on Thursday that they had sacked manager Aitor Karanka following a run of 10 Premier League games without a win – a sequence that has seen them drop into the relegation zone.

A 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup proved to be the final straw for the Boro board, and they dismissed the Spaniard after three-and-a-half years in charge at the Riverside Stadium.

One of the club’s biggest problems this season has been their lack of goals – they have scored just 19 in 27 top flight matches – which has left them in 19th position, three points from safety.

Despite their struggle to put the ball in the back of the net, whoever Karanka’s successor is will be buoyed by the fact that they have only conceded on 30 occasions – the fifth best record in the division.

Talk now turns to who will replace the 43-year-old on Teesside, and there are certainly a number of suitable candidates available right now.

Here are five managers that could replace Karanka at the Riverside Stadium…