Karanka: ‘I had offers but none convinced me like Birmingham City’

Aitor karanka, presented this Friday as new Birmingham City coach, assured that had “offers”, but “none” convinced him like this “, stressed the “passion” transmitted to him by the entity’s CEO, Xuandong Ren, and set himself a challenge to “reach as high as possible.”

I’m not going to make the mistake I made when I got to Middlesbroughwhen I said at my first press conference that I wanted to get a promotion. And after a year and a half we reached the final and lost. Although I thought it was a good season, it became a failure, “he said at the Saint Andrew’s stadium, according to the club’s official website.

“We just want to get as high as possible. In football you have to start from the foundations. I would love to do what I did with Middlesbrough, but you never know in football, because it is always very unpredictable. It was almost three years, but I I would love to do it in two, “added Karanka, who returns to training a year and a half later, since his departure from Nottingham Forest in January 2019.

“From the first conversation with Dong (Xuandong Ren, CEO of the club) I was convinced. My time at home was over. He told me about his passion. I was waiting for that passion because after 18 months I felt I had to choose the right job. I had other offers, but none convinced me so much, “said the former Real Madrid player, who has signed for three years.

He did not reveal the number of signings he intends for his team, which will start the campaign in the English Second Division on 12 September. “We have spoken briefly and we know what we want for the future. But we have to be sure that the players who come here are the ones who really want to come. We are not going to sign the players quickly or because they are big names. We are not going to rush “, explained the technician.


Xuandong Ren, Birmingham City’s CEO, praised the new coach: “I am absolutely sure we have the right man. Most importantly, Aitor will have the time and authority to build and run this club in the future.”

“From the first time I called him I said: ‘Aitor, I am not looking for someone to work for me or for this football club, I am looking for a suitable partner with me to carry this club forward.’ He is a very realistic guy. start talking, you listen. The more often we talk, the more confident I am, “he said.

He also assured that “every decision about this club” will be made “together”. “It’s teamwork, not just on the football field. That teamwork starts with me and Aitor. Every decision will be discussed between us thoroughly. I’m very excited and I can’t wait to start. He will have our sure support”, added.