Aitor Karanka is willing to speak to Sunderland over their vacant managerial position, according to the Northern Echo.
However, the Spaniard would require some reassurances about the club’s stability and future direction. He has recently apparently turned down the opportunity to manage Birmingham City after they sacked Harry Redknapp.
Sunderland are looking for a manager after sacking Simon Grayson after their 3-3 draw at home to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday. The Black Cats only won one in fifteen matches under Grayson, who left Championship rivals Preston North End to take over the North East club in the summer.
Aitor Karanka is a target of Sunderland. He is most known in England for his three and a half years with Middlesbrough. The 44 year-old played for the likes of Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid and Colorado Rapids during his playing days.
His first managerial job was with Spain’s U16 side in 2008. He then joined Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and became his assistant manager. Three years later he left to join Middlesbrough, who were in the Championship.
In the 2014/15 season Karanka’s Middlesbrough lost in the Play-Off final to Norwich City. Nevertheless, the season after Karanka guided them to second position and they were promoted to the top flight. It did not work out for Karanka in the Premier League and he was sacked in March with Boro in the relegation zone.
There is no doubt that Karanka is a very good Championship manager. If Sunderland managed to persuade him to join then it would be seen as a real coup.