By the latter days of Aitor Karanka’s four-year spell in charge of Middlesbrough, the Riverside fanbase was almost split down the middle between those who wanted him to be given more time and those who felt that time had long since ran out.
Karanka deserved immense credit for leading Boro back to the Premier League after seven years away in 2016/17, finishing runners-up in the Championship behind Burnley.
But once the whistle blew on the first day of the top flight season, it became clear that Boro, under Karanka’s restrictive tactics, were always going to be fighting against the tide.
By March, with Boro unable to make any sort of an impression on the top flight, Karanka was gone. And when the North Eastern outfit were relegated to the Championship at the end of the season, they went with the league’s tenth best defensive record but with the poorest goals tally in the top flight.
All of this, then, is food for thought for a managerless Rangers. Sky Bet have installed Karanka as the 7/1 third-favourite to take over at Ibrox.
And while the Spaniard would surely tighten up Rangers’ leaky backline, the fact that Boro supporters were so divided by Karanka’s sacking suggests that he would be far from a universally popular appointment at Ibrox.
he should of gone last year, when he was 'ban' from the training ground after falling out with the team— Claire (@clairemcburnie) March 16, 2017
10 games without a win is not poor form it's a sign we need change— Ooga Booga! Its your boy Santa Brad Guzan Yeet (@guzanesque) March 16, 2017
always playing defensive football without improving the team's attacking ability. Boro about to start scoring goals now!— F e k i r (@CleanThing_) March 16, 2017
The expectations of newly promoted sides in the PL is ridiculous! The bloke done wonders with Middlesbrough!— Jurgen Meister (@SS_LFC) March 16, 2017
Shouldn't have been sacked. Man was good— Mr Awe (@qwertenthusiast) March 17, 2017
a shame really, but the style of football not getting the desired results.— nors (@nors13) March 16, 2017
it's a shame it came to this. Thanks Aitor but in the end I suppose it was inevitable. UTB— David Cosgrove (@d_jaysea) March 16, 2017
After getting promotion with boro he should be given the job for life, boro are complete snakes #footballsdead— Lewis Dinsdale (@LewisDinsdale30) March 16, 2017
gutted, genuinely devastated. All the best for the future.— Goga Stonoga (@gogamew_boro) March 16, 2017
Gibson needs to be sectioned.— AaronZarr (@FuckAzzar) March 16, 2017