Danny Murphy has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on TalkSPORT that Aitor Karanka appears to have thrown his toys out the pram at Middlesbrough.
According to Sky Sports, Karanka held a team meeting with his players last week, but stormed out after an argument.
It is claimed that the Spaniard told his players that he no longer wanted to manage them, and he was not in charge for Boro’s match against Charlton Athletic last weekend.
Boro lost 2-0 at The Valley yesterday, with Steve Agnew in temporary charge, and Murphy believes that Karanka is being a coward by walking away from his team.
“It’s a bit toys out the pram,” Murphy said. “You’ve got to be a man and be bigger than that. Have it out with the players instead of walking away. I don’t like that at all. That’s a lack of leadership. It’s cowardly to walk away, just because someone has a row with you.”
It is still unknown whether Karanka will return to take charge of Middlesbrough for the rest of the season, but the Gazette suggests that a decision will be made on his future in the next 24 hours.
Karanka will either have to rebuild his relationship with the players, or Boro will sack him and look elsewhere for a replacement.
Middlesbrough are still occupying second place in the Championship table, but they will not be able to let the current managerial situation at the Riverside Stadium distract them for too long, if they are to be promoted.