Championship Middlesbrough have confirmed the appointment of Aitor Karanka as their new head coach. Karanka believes the time is right to step out of Jose Mourinho's shadow after agreeing a two-and-a-half-year deal to succeed Tony Mowbray at the Riverside Stadium.
"I have been three years with Jose Mourinho and he was supporting me every day. I learned from him and his staff and I think I am ready to start," he said.
"You can learn everything from him on the pitch and off the pitch and in the training room, he's great - he's the one."
"He is the person who has supported me and I have spoken with him and he recommended me to come here and he believed in this project like me."
"It is a very important day for me. It's my first job and it's the best thing I can do to find a club that feels like a family with big facilities, stadium and supporters."
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