Aitor Karanka was handed the reigns at Birmingham City back in the summer of 2020 and after previous success in the second tier with Middlesbrough, there was hope surrounding his appointment that he could emulate his glories with the Blues.
It didn’t quite pan out that way.
The boss lasted under a year at St Andrews, losing 19 of his 38 games and winning just eight. In fact, he ended up coming away with the worst points-per-match average of his managerial career to date, with a record of just 0.92.
He’s proven that he can do well in the Championship, having worked his magic at Middlesbrough. He went on to handle affairs at Nottingham Forest but that too didn’t go as well as the boss would have liked, with more draws than wins at the City Ground.
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It means that the manager has been unable to recreate his former glories in the second tier since leaving Boro – but how has gotten on ever since leaving Birmingham?
So far, he has struggled to find work again. He’s been without a managerial role since March and rather than scouring for a new team to take charge of, he has instead channelled his energies into some pundit work.
A quick gander at his Twitter reveals the work he has been doing with La Liga. He’s worked as a Spain Under-16 manager and as the Real Madrid Assistant Manager in the past and he’s now found his way back to his native country and is now enjoying the games as a spectator and a pundit rather than as a boss.
— Aitor Karanka (@Karanka) October 24, 2021
For now, that is the kind of work that is tiding the manager over.
However, he’s sure to be a wanted man again at some point in the near future and he will surely find his way back to another head coach role, whether that comes in England or in Spain or elsewhere.