Middlesbrough’s Aitor Karanka has enjoyed a tremendous rise with the Teesside club, helping them rise back to the Premier League and they’re now working to retain their top-flight status.
The Spaniard, who learned from Jose Mourinho in the early stages of his coaching career, has overseen sweeping changes in the North East to get the club to where they are now and he revealed to Spanish publication AS what his best moment of his career with Boro has been.
Unsurprisingly, he chose the day of Middlesbrough’s promotion to the top-flight but the reasons behind why this was so significant to him show just how much he has settled into life on Teesside.
“The day of our promotion with Boro. Watching people go home happy in the midst of a general depression. The area had just seen the (SSI) steelworks closure, with 2,000 job losses.”
“But to see the smile of the fans in the street when they greeted us – at that moment, I said, ‘it’s worth so much work’. Coaches have ups and downs and it helps us to see what is out there, what is suffering, to motivate ourselves and to work harder.”
Sat just one-point above the relegation zone, with just two wins from eleven matches, Middlesbrough have shown promise this season by taking points off Manchester City and Arsenal- both of which were away from home.
With five draws to start life back in the Premier League, Boro need to start turning some of those draws into victories if they are to avoid the drop back down into the Championship.