Middlesbrough boss looks certain to be next Prem manager to leave

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It’s time for Middlesbrough to prepare for life without Aitor Karanka. That’s the verdict of our traders, who have slashed odds on the Boro boss being the next Premier League manager to exit from 4/1 to just 4/9 overnight.

The former Real Madrid assistant was as long as 14/1 to be the next Prem manager to leave before last weekend, but fell to 4s after a spat with the Riverside faithful, calling the club’s fans “awful” and claiming they’d forced him into playing “broken” football.

After nearly walking out last season following dressing-room unrest at the Teesside club, the fiery Spaniard is believed to be packing his bags for real this time, with the bookies slashing his price to 4/9 this morning – odds which could be set to tumble again as the day continues.

Having joined the club back in September 2013, the 43-year-old has enjoyed a successful tenure in the dugout, with Boro ending their seven-year exile from the Premier League by winning promotion from the Championship last season.

However, Karanka’s combustible character could well be his downfall, and with Boro fans unlikely to forgive him, a parting seems inevitable. And that’s shifted everything in this market.

Previous market-leader David Moyes is now priced up at 9/2 to be the next man out the door, with Sunderland unlikely to bin their gaffer before this weekend, despite his side losing five and drawing two of their last seven games.

Next up is Watford’s Walter Mazzarri at 5/1, with Claude Puel and Slaven Bilic both deemed more or less safe at 16s apiece.

Middlesbrough’s next game comes against Accrington Stanley in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend, with 4/11 for the Teessiders to swat aside their League Two opponents.

But while a Boro victory looks likely, the chances of Karanka overseeing it are far less so.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.