Karanka set to stay - he will meet with Gibson tomorow

Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium gates

HITC Sport understands that Middlesbrough chairman set to meet with the Spaniard on Tuesday.

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson will meet with under-fire head coach Aitor Karanka on Tuesday, when he will be told whether he is still in charge of the team or not.

HITC Sport understands that Gibson has been meeting staff and also holding counsel with the club's hierarchy as he decides whether to axe the Spaniard or not.

Karanka walked out of the club on Friday, telling the players he did not want to manage them anymore - as revealed by HITC Sport - and although Boro insisted that he was still head coach, they issued a statement on Saturday morning confirming that Steve Agnew and not the former Real Madrid assistant would be in charge of the team for their match at Charlton.

HITC Sport has learned that Karanka planned to apologise for his actions on Saturday, but he was not given the chance by the club and was told not to return until Tuesday, when he will meet Gibson.

Boro lost the game on Sunday in tepid fashion, going down 2-0, with the absence of their head coach being the main talking point all weekend.

Now with Boro fans seemingly split on the future of their coach, it remains to be seen whether Gibson will decide to allow Karanka back in the club, he walked out on just days earlier.

A quick decision is needed as Boro are in action again on Friday night, in what could be one of the biggest matches of their season as they host promotion rivals Hull City at The Riverside.

Reports in the North East, in the Gazette, are stating that Karanka will be told that his job is safe if he does indeed wish to continue.

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