Previous teams: Real Madrid (assistant), Spain Under 16 A former Spain international, Karanka has limited management experience, having only taken charge of Spain's U16 side before serving as Jose Mourinho's assistant at Real Madrid for three years. After a round of initial negotiations with Crystal Palace, relations between his agent Jorge Mendes and Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson proved stronger than his desire to manage the Premier League strugglers. Current situation: Karanka eventually agreed to join Middlesbrough outfit, succeeding Tony Mowbray as manager on a three year deal."
The club have been the subject of speculation since leaving the Twickenham Stoop at the end of this season.
It was feared David Hughes, who has bankrolled the club for a decade ago, would withdraw his support after failing to receive guarantees over the club's Super League status, following the decision to reinstate promotion and relegation from the end of next season.