Birmingham City are reportedly edging closer to naming Aitor Karanka as their new boss, as per BBC Sport.
Blues remain on the lookout for a new boss following the recent departure of Pep Clotet, with the Spaniard spending just one year in charge at St. Andrew’s.
After weeks of looking for a new boss, it seems as if the club are edging closer to making an appointment, with Aitor Karanka reportedly set to take charge at St. Andrew’s.
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Birmingham’s chief executive Xuandong Ren has reportedly visited Karanka in Spain, as the club look to finalise negotiations with the 46-year-old who is been out of management for over a year-and-a-half.
Karanka has experience of winning promotion from the Championship in the past, guiding Middlesbrough to automatic promotion in 2015/16.
The Spaniard has also spent time in charge of Nottingham Forest, guiding the Reds to within touching distance of the play-offs before his relationship with the board broke down.
After finishing 20th in the Sky Bet Championship this season, Blues will undoubtedly be looking to have a much-improved season in 2020/21, with Karanka looking likely to be in charge.
Here, we take a look at Birmingham fans’ reactions…
If it is true about karanka dongs managed to pull a rabbit out the hat with this, I'll applaud him for that at least #bcfc
— Tom (@Lutty91) July 29, 2020
so looks like Karanka will get the job despite the deal looking off. What do we think of this? I think it’s another gamble on a manager that i could easily see us sacking in 6 months. But, on the other hand he’s a top manager and with the right investment could be great #bcfc
— Missing Person (@TrueBrum) July 29, 2020
IF it happens I am delighted by the prospect of Karanka joining Blues. What concerns me is the inevitable clashes with the current board on decision making but I can only hope that they have give him backing and most importantly let him get on with the job! #BCFC #Karanka #KRO
— Daniel Insole (@Dinsole) July 29, 2020
If we can pull of Karanka. Give the man time. #bcfc
— Manni (@manniphagura) July 29, 2020
Karanka transformed Middlesbrough from relegation battlers into promotion inside three seasons. He took Forest to within 4 points of the play-offs before leaving.
Karanka is a manager of quality.
You know literally nothing about the game. 🤦🏼♂️
— KJ Reilloc (@KReilloc) July 29, 2020
Karanka with freedom and no interference from the board on style or shape is a solid appointment for Blues. This is the appointment that needs the time to build a competitive side. Can’t afford to this again. Stability is crucial now. #bcfc
— Conor Keane (@conorkeane21) July 29, 2020
Although I feel we’ve missed a trick going in for Paul Cook I feel Karanka could be a good appointment (if all is true) but he needs backing and upstairs still needs drastically changing, until then I feel we’ll just be watching managers come and go #bcfc #kro
— George Robotham (@GeorgeRobotham) July 29, 2020
— Jamie (@jamiebcfc7) July 29, 2020
Nah, not for me.
Won't last the season if we get him.
— Stu KRO 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@stuartroberts18) July 29, 2020
If we've finally got Karanka I hope the delay means he's got what he wanted & is in charge of recruitment & the appointment of backroom staff #BCFC
— Blue Tone (@BlueTone65) July 29, 2020