Time up For Karanka at Middlesbrough?

Aitor Karanka is under a lot of pressure at the Riverside and for good reason. Middlesbrough have dropped into the bottom three and are without a win in the league in ten games.

Middlesbrough supporters will be worried about the current situation, their side do not score many and as a result if they fall behind they rarely fight back to win a game. In their last league defeat against Stoke City, they failed to score for a fourth successive game. With the likes of Leicester, Hull and Swansea all changing manager – If Middlesbrough are to fight off relegation this season, the club must think seriously about following suit. The change of manager at Middlesbrough’s relegation rivals have all had a positive impact. At the moment I do not see where Middlesbrough’s next three points are coming from.

Boro almost look very tame at times, Karanka does not seem to want to attack. Even the crowd have been chanting “Attack, Attack Attack”. You know something is wrong when your own fans start chanting that. I am sure letting Karanka go has come into Steve Gibson’s mind. It will just be a case of whether he is brave enough to do so at this stage of the season.

Boro face Manchester United at home before playing teams around them in Swansea and Hull. On paper Boro have some very winnable games in their run-in. The problem is, the longer they go without a win the more their confidence takes a beating. Changing a manager now is risky, however it must be a risk worth taking if it means staying in the Premier League. The owner must act very soon if he is to change the manager at the Riverside, otherwise it will be too late.

I think if Middlesbrough lose their next game heavily, Karanka will be the latest manager to be sacked. There is so much money in the Premier League now that clubs are even more desperate to stay there.

For those of you who read my articles regularly, you will know I am a Newcastle fan. I would love nothing more than to see Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough in the Premier League next season, it has been a long time since that happened. The North East is a great place for football, with the most passionate fans in the country. I think it would be great for the region if we could have three teams playing in the top flight once again. The fans of all three teams are constantly put through the ringer and it’s about time success came to the North East.