Middlesbrough may go into tomorrow’s Championship clash with Charlton without a manager as Aitor Karanka considers his future at the club.
Reports this morning said he left the club’s training ground early yesterday following a row.
And now Boro have done nothing to allay fans’ fears that Karanka may be on his way out of the club as they released a statement saying he didn’t take training this morning either.
The club said, via a statement on mfc.co.uk: “Middlesbrough Football Club can confirm that Aitor Karanka did not take training on Saturday morning.
“Assistant Head Coach Steve Agnew will take charge of the team for Sunday’s fixture at Charlton Athletic.
“We appreciate supporters will want to know further details, but at this time the club cannot make any further comment and is solely focused on Sunday’s game at The Valley.”
It must be worrying for the supporters hoping for promotion to the English Premier League at the end of this season.
Boro sit four points off Burnley at the top of the Championship, but do have a game in hand over the Clarets, so any managerial change should be unwelcome for everyone at the club.
Karanka has been Middlesbrough boss since November 2013 and led the club to the cusp of Premier League football last season, but lost out on promotion with the 2-0 defeat to Norwich in the play-off final.
As a former Real Madrid coach, the Spaniard arrived at the Riverside Stadium with a big reputation and he’s only strengthened it with the Boro team he’s built.
But obviously something has happened behind the scenes at the club and it will be interesting to see whether he’s in place for the trip to Charlton tomorrow.