Aitor Karanka: 'Joining Middlesbrough is an important day'

Real Madrid's assistant coach Aitor Karanka attends a press conference after a training session at Real Madrid sport city on December 9, 2011
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Aitor Karanka says that being appointed as Middlesbrough's new head coach is an "important day" in his career.

Middlesbrough's new head coach Aitor Karanka has insisted that it is 'his time' to take the reins as a manager.

The 40-year-old was officially appointed as Tony Mowbray's successor in a press conference this morning on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Karanka takes on the role following a stint in Jose Mourinho's coaching staff at Real Madrid, which he left in the summer after the Portuguese boss returned to Chelsea.

"It's a very important day for me, it's my first job," Karanka told reporters. "I think it's the best thing that I can do because I find a club that's like a family with big facilities, a big stadium, big supporters - it's a very important day for me.

"I think it's my time. I have [spent] three years with Mourinho and I think he was supporting me every day. I learned a lot with him and I think I'm ready to start."

Middlesbrough are currently 16th in the Championship table.

New Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka poses with the club shirt as he is unveiled at Rockliffe Park on November 13, 2013
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