Karanka raring to go with Blues

01 August 2020 21:06:07 GMTPlus10

Birmingham City have appointed former Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka as their new manager on a three-year contract.

After a playing career which saw him turn out for the likes of Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid, Spaniard Karanka was first involved in coaching when working as Jose Mourinho's assistant manager at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2010.

Three years later Karanka was appointed manager of Middlesbrough, who he helped gain promotion to the Premier League in 2016 only to be sacked a year later.

The 46-year-old's latest managerial stint saw him spend a year at Nottingham Forest before asking to be released from his contract with the team seventh in the standings.

Karanka's new club Birmingham finished 20th in the Championship in 2019/20 and have been in the headlines recently after agreeing to sell 17-year-old starlet Jude Bellingham to Borussia Dortmund for around £25million.

Speaking about his appointment as manager to the official club website, Karanka said: "I'm delighted to be joining a club with the history and fan base that Birmingham City has.

"I share the excitement and determination of everyone here to start working together on all the challenges that lie ahead.

"I want to thank the board for their willingness and the strong interest they showed in making me the head coach of this project."

Meanwhile, Brentford are 2.10 to beat Fulham, who are 3.80 to win with the draw 3.20 in the Championship playoff final on Tuesday.

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