9 Managerial Contenders to Replace Aitor Karanka as the Next Middlesbrough Boss

The story broke on Thursday morning that Premier League side Middlesbrough had relieved manager Aitor Karanka of his duties. Karanka was the man who managed Boro to promotion last season, but a distinct lack of goals mostly in the Premier League has left the Teessiders side in 19th, three points off safety. Below are seven men who Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson could bring in to help guide Boro to safety... Speaking of Leicester, this list would not be complete without Claudio Ranieri....

Tim Sherwood (Swindon)

Tim Sherwood has many critics but one thing you cannot deny is his passion for the game.


Sherwood's most recent job was at Aston Villa where he managed to take his struggling side to the FA Cup final in 2015, where they lost to Arsenal.


Sherwood's first job was at Tottenham Hotspur, where once again despite many problems he still boasted one of the best win percentages of any Spurs manager in history. Better than Harry Redknapp, Martin Jol and even the great Bill Nicholson.


Sherwood is currently the Director of Football at Swindon, but would surely relish another chance at the Premier League.

Ralf Rangnick (RB Leipzig)

Ralf Rangnick, the RasenBallsport Leipzig Sporting Director, is the dark horse on this list.


The German has had a long managerial career having managed Stuttgart, Hoffenheim and Schalke (twice).   


Most recently he stepped into the hot-seat at RB Leipzig in May 2015 and guided them to promotion to the Bundesliga finishing second in 2.Bundesliga before resigning to concentrate on his Sporting Director work.   


Leipzig currently sit second in the Bundesliga, 10 points behind Bayern. 

Neil Lennon (Hibernian)

Neil Lennon enjoyed four very successful years at Scottish side Celtic where he helped dominate the league with three league titles and three Scottish cups.   


After leaving Celtic, Lennon struggled in his first role in England at Bolton Wanderers before returning to Scotland and to success with Scottish Championship side Hibernian.   


With Lennon currently guiding Hibs back to the SPL, he might feel he would be leaving a good thing in Edinburgh and turn down Boro.  

Frank De Boer (Unattached)

A few seasons ago Frank De Boer was one of the most sought after managers in Europe with both Spurs and Everton keeping tabs on the former Ajax man's progress.


Fast forward to 2017 and the Dutchman is now out of a job having been sacked by Italian side Inter in November 2016.


De Boer went to the San Siro after several successful years with Ajax, but was only given 85 days after a dreadful season which left Inter 12th in Serie A.


The former Netherlands international would surely be grateful for an opportunity to restore his CV, and bossing Boro to safety could be just the ticket.

Roberto Mancini (Unattached)

A man who knows the Premier League well, Roberto Mancini managed Inter for the second time in his career from 2014 until 2016, when he and the club parted ways mutually.


Mancini coached Inter to a fourth place finish and Europa League qualification in his final season at the San Siro and wasn't a failure by any means.


He of course also managed Manchester City between 2009 and 2013 winning a Premier League title and an FA Cup during his time in the North West of England.

Mike Phelan (Unattached)

Former Hull City manager and long time assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson Mike Phelan may be targeted by Middlesbrough due to his incredible experience in the game.


His stature was however, somewhat sullied during his ill-fated spell with Boro's relegation rivals Hull City.   


Phelan made a great start at Hull this season, despite what few players he had, but eventually the wins dried up and he was replaced by Marco Silva in January.  

Alan Pardew (Unattached)

One man who knows a lot about the Premier League is Alan Pardew.


Pardew was let go by Crystal Palace in December 2016, after a poor calendar year of results.


However, his tenure was not without merit and he guided the Eagles to the FA Cup Final, where they were beaten by Manchester United.


Pardew has managed several Premier League clubs including West Ham, Newcastle and Charlton Athletic during their time in the top flight, and is a shrewd manager who could provide a 'quick fix' in the dressing room.

Steve Agnew (Middlesbrough)

Steve Agnew was immediately appointed Middlesbrough's caretaker boss after Karanka's departure, but he may have eyes on keeping the job permanently.


Agnew has experience in the Premier League as a player and in the backroom staff with Middlesbrough and at Hull City.


The ball is now in Agnew's court to show what he can do in the hot seat.


This month has proven that caretaker managers can succeed when given opportunities like Craig Shakespeare at Leicester, who has taken Leicester City to the quarter finals of the Champions League.

Claudio Ranieri (Unattached)

Speaking of Leicester, this list would not be complete without Claudio Ranieri.


The man who turned relegation favourites to Premier League winners must surely be in Middlesbrough's thoughts.


The current FIFA Manager of the Year is currently jobless, after being removed from his post last month by Leicester City.


There has been a lot of suspected regarding the politics behind the scenes at Leicester but as the phrase goes 'one man's trash is another man's treasure'.


If Middlesbrough can convince Ranieri to take on the post, it could show the Foxes exactly what they are missing.

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