The Spaniard has not had a boring year at Middlesbrough.
It has not been boring at Middlesbrough this season. The Teesiders look like they could finally be heading to the Premier League this summer after years of false hope at the club.
Earlier in the year however the club was in a state. Manager Aitor Karanka briefly stepped away from the club after a clear internal rift at the Riverside Stadium.
It looked like the Spaniard’s days were numbered but he soon returned and since then Boro have been in great form – winning five games in a row since he returned to the club.
That form sees the club top of the Championship on 82 points, four points clear of Brighton in third and surely on course for promotion.
One former Middlesbrough captain who thinks so is George Boateng. The Dutchman told Sky Sports News HQ earlier today (14/04/16) of his belief that the club would go up, and praised them for sticking by Karanka throughout the difficulties:
“They’ve been saying this for the past three years.
“I think they have been doing better. This is the third year under Karanka. He is building.
“Cohesion and momentum is important this is what has happened at Middlesbrough.
“The cohesion and the momentum of having Karanka there has helped them build a team and this can be, should be, the year they get promoted.
“They’ve done well, they’ve got good players.”
The decision to stand by Karanka has certainly paid off for Boro despite many thinking the Spaniard’s time at the club was up.
Now, with just five games left, it looks as though he might just guide the club back to the top-flight.