Aitor Karanka was confirmed as the new manager of Middlesbrough on November 13, 2013.
Karanka left Real Madrid in the summer on the arrival of Carlo Ancelloti, who took over from Chelsea-bound Mourinho. Before joining their coaching staff, he was manager of the Spanish U-16 team.
He also represented Real Madrid as a player, making 93 appearances for them between 1997 and 2002 and winning the Champions League with them in 2000 when they beat Valencia 3-0.
The Vitoria-born defender started with Athletic Bilbao and returned for a second spell with the Basque club after leaving Madrid before finishing his career in the USA with Colorado Rapids.
Karanka won a single cap for the Spanish senior team, having played 14 times for their U-21 side.
He also represented Spain in the 1996 Olympic football tournament, where they reached the quarter-finals, and also played for the Basque country team.
In his first season in charge at The Riverside he led Middlesbrough to a 12th place finish in the Sky Bet Championship. In 2014/15 season Karanka led Middlesbrough to the Championship play off final.