The stage of Aitor Karanka as Birmingham coach has come to an end just a few months after it started. The one who was an Athletic player and Mourinho’s second in his time at Real Madrid leaves the English team fourth down the tail in the Championship, three points from relegation. Rotherham, second to last at the moment, have four games to play yet-
Mikel San José, another footballer with an Athletic past, is part of the Birmingham squad, although in recent days he has not even been summoned. Karanka has not been able to straighten the course of a team whose main objective was to maintain the category. The coach from Gasteiz, who after losing last Saturday 0-3 to Bristol said that “in my career I have never given up and this will not be the first time”, has finally been dismissed.
Sacking the coaches, despite everything, is nothing new at Birmingham, since Karanka is the seventh who has been on his bench in the last four years. He, in fact, replaced Pep Clotet last summer. His team had then narrowly escaped relegation.