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Karanka to continue as Middlesbrough manager

After days of speculation, Championship promotion-chasers Middlesbrough have confirmed on their official website that current boss Aitor Karanka will stay on in the role despite storming out of a club training session last week.

In a short statement, the club said: “Middlesbrough Football Club can confirm that Head Coach Aitor Karanka will be resuming first team duties with the club with immediate effect.

“We have 10 games left this season and as a club we are fully focussed on what remains of our Championship campaign.”

The Spaniard, who has been in charge at the Riverside since November 2013, was reportedly considering his future at the club after an explosive row at the club’s training ground on Friday.

Karanka sat out of the trip to Charlton with assistant boss Steve Agnew taking over first team duties.

In his absence, Boro lost their third game in four matches and remain seven points behind leaders Burnley, although they do have a game in hand over the Clarets.

Middlesbrough were top of the pack in the middle of January as a win against Brentford in the middle of January saw Karanka’s men go eight points clear of third-placed Hull at the summit of the Championship.

However since then, the Teesside club have struggled for consistency and have only managed to win three of their last 11 matches in the league.

Karanka will return to the helm for a crucial match against fellow promotion contenders Hull at the Riverside on Friday.

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