Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Fans Cheer Arrival of New Hope Karanka

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Fans Cheer Arrival of New Hope Karanka

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Byline: Dave Robson Senior reporter1 news@eveninggazette.co.uk

AS news emerged of Steve Gibson's choice, most Boro fans spoken to by the Gazette backed Karanka's impending arrival.

Paul Jones, 46, of Berwick Hills, said: "It's good news. We needed someone permanent to take us back to where we were 10 years ago. It doesn't matter that it's a foreign manager - everyone else has got one."

Trainee football coach Stephen Saville, 59, of Overfields, was delighted, saying: "That's who I was hoping for. He'll bring a lot of experience of Spanish football and might even bring a few players on loan. It's something a bit different."

Retired bricklayer John Chapman, 71, of Redcar, said: "From what I've heard about him, it's a pretty good appointment.

"If he gets a couple of good results and the crowd take to him, he could do well. I'm glad it's someone away from the club, though - and let's face it, a lot of these foreign managers are a cut above what we have here."

Carer Nicola Wilson, 34, of Middlesbrough, thought her son and husband would be pleased with the appointment.

She added: "Boro definitely need someone to get them moving.

At the moment, sometimes it's not worth the money going to watch them."

Binman Steve Driver, 54, of Middlesbrough, admitted: "It seems like he has a decent pedigree, having worked with Mourinho. As long as he helps get Boro get up the table."

But hospice support worker Kevin Manuel, 51, of Middlesbrough, wanted a home-grown boss instead. He said: "An English manager would understand better the English game and the passion - I think Mark Venus should have been given a chance."

But in general, the mood was positive, with food operative and Boro season ticket holder Mark Platts, 25, of Pallister Park, saying: "The experience of working with Mourinho is good, and he'll bring a different style from the last couple of appointments, which is what we need. Gibbo's a realist too and it's time for a change."

Even non-Boro fans seemed quite impressed. Celtic fan and university chef Glen Cooper, 41, of Middlesbrough, was another who knew little about Karanka, pictured, left, but admitted: "He could do with some financial help from Gibson now though. And whoever comes in, it's down to the players."

And 18-year-old Middlesbrough College mechanics student Alex Spence - an Arsenal fan - wished him well. He said: "I hope it works out for him - You've always got to try things."

By Sophie Barley Reporter sophie.barley@eveninggazette.co.uk A NEW chapter was dawning today for Middlesbrough Football Club as Aitor Karanka was unveiled as the club's new manager.

Chairman Steve Gibson thrashed out a deal to get the Spanish coach last night - snapping him away from the potential grips of Premiership team Crystal Palace.

Karanka, 40, was unveiled as the new boss earlier today at a press conference at Rockliffe Park. …

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