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​Middlesbrough chairman reveals Karanka was willing to be axed

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has revealed boss Aitor Karanka left of his own accord after struggling to keep the Teessiders out of the relegation places.

Gibson told the Times: "I know people are cynical when you say that a decision was mutual, but he wasn't sacked. He sacrificed himself.

"He's in a good frame of mind. I think he's relieved. He has been enormous for our club. He has progressed us and he will have learnt an enormous amount from this experience.

"He's got a wonderful future in football – I really think that."

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