Aitor Karanka’s journey at Birmingham has barely lasted seven months. The Vitorian coach has been dismissed by the English club, currently in The Championship (Second Division), after the defeat conceded on Saturday at home against Bristol City (0-3).
Birmingham occupy 21st place, just one above the last three in the table leading to relegation, after adding 35 points in 36 rounds. Rotherham (22nd) total 32 but have 4 games to play.
The defeat against Bristol City is the 12th in the 18 games they have played at their St Andrew’s stadium, a bad run of results that Birmingham, in the absence of an official announcement, will try to reverse by replacing Karanka by Lee Bowyer, former player of the Leeds, West Ham, Newcastle and Birmingham itself.
His 38 games, without an audience
Karanka took over the ‘blues’ on July 31, 2020, for the current season, replacing the Catalan Pep Clotet, and puts an end to this atypical stage without the fans having been able to witness any of the 38 league matches and cupbearers with him on the bench. Both in the League Cup and in the FA Cup he fell on his debut: 0-1 against Cambridge United, of the Fourth Division, and 3-0 against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City respectively.
Karanka was second to José Mourinho at Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013 and later made his debut as first coach at the controls of Middlesbrough (2013-2017) and Nottingham (2018-2019).