Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Karanka: I Have Made Mistakes This Season

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Karanka: I Have Made Mistakes This Season

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Byline: Mark Douglas Chief sports writer

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Aitor Karanka admits he has made mistakes this season - and has pledged to learn from them as he attempts to construct a promotion challenge next season.

The Boro boss has seen his team's season fritter away and a Tuesday night defeat at Reading added to a sense of deflation about his side's end-of-season slump.

They have the opportunity to end the home campaign on a high by beating basement dwellers Barnsley but, whatever happens, Karanka has promised to learn from the errors he has made this term.

He admitted: "Over the season I have made mistakes. In January, for example, I spent a lot of time watching players for the January transfer window.

"I missed little things I should have concentrated on. That is because I have never been a manager before.

"I now see the benefits in spending time doing the things I should. I let others do other things.

"Saturday is a very important game for next season. I can see if we have learned from the last two games or whether we are just continuing in the same way. That is why it is important. If we can beat Barnsley in the way we have played many games at home I will be happy.

"If that happens then I will be happy because I will be sure my players have learned. I could then look to the summer more positively.

"There is still time for players to impress me. They have another chance. I'm thinking about making changes because I want to test their mentality. I need to see how comfortable they are with what I am asking of them.

"I have learned every second I have been here. In the six months here, I've continued that every day on my own.

"It's a different job on your own. I have learned every day and I need to learn more things."

Having confessed to mistakes, Karanka now wants to end the home campaign on a high as a way of paying tribute to fans who have backed the team through thick and thin this season. …

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