Middlesbrough patrons in the Transfer Tavern are divided over the issue of Aitor Karanka’s future at the club.
The Riverside Stadium outfit have given a solid account of themselves in the Premier League this season after gaining promotion from the Championship, conceding the fourth-fewest goals of any side in the division.
But finding the net at the other end has been a real problem for Boro – one that saw them move into the relegation zone for the first time this season following a 2-0 defeat to Stoke City last Saturday.
That has left some Boro patrons in the Transfer Tavern calling for change, fearing the side’s current philosophy could see them plummet out of the Premier League with a whimper, especially with the likes of Swansea, Leicester, Hull and Crystal Palace showing improvement in recent weeks.
Gaffer Aitor Karanka reportedly held a meeting with owner and chairman Steve Gibson earlier this week following the defeat to the Potters, but has insisted he didn’t fret for his future during discussions with the 59-year-old – because it’s out of his control.
Talking at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Manchester City, he said; “I can’t be afraid of something that I can’t control. The decision is out of my hands.
“My concern is to prepare the team to compete on Saturday, to show them how Man City plays, and how we can beat them, this is my only concern. I learned a new word today – that I am not a quitter.”
Karanka added that he’s aware some supporters are starting to turn against him, but underlined how important the fans will be in the mission to stave off relegation.
He said; “I don’t want to divide the crowd who chant against me or the ones who sing my name. All of them are the same, all of them want the same for Middlesbrough, the same thing I want for Middlesbrough.
“As a coach, as a supporter I will always understand that when a team is winning, everything is perfect, and when a team is losing, the first one to be criticised is the coach. The only thing that I want is for them to support the team in the way that they are doing this season, because they know how important they are for us.”
With just eleven Premier League fixtures to go this season, Middlesbrough have a huge few weeks ahead.
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