Middlesbrough confirm appointment of Aitor Karanka as new head coach

Middlesbrough confirm the appointment of Aitor Karanka as the club's new head coach.

Middlesbrough have confirmed that Spanish coach Aitor Karanka has been appointed as Tony Mowbray's successor at the Riverside Stadium.

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

The former Real Madrid coach, who worked under Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu, was expected to be unveiled as the club's new head coach after Boro called a press conference for this morning.

The club have announced that the 40-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract following the dismissal of Mowbray last month.

Chief executive Neil Bausor told the club's official website: "We are delighted that Aitor has decided to further his coaching career with Middlesbrough as our head coach.

"He brings with him some fantastic experience as a player and as a talented young coach. We are all excited about working with him."

Karanka, who left the Madrid coaching staff in the summer following Mourinho's return to Chelsea, has become Middlesbrough's first foreign manager in their history.

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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