Odds shorten on Karanka exit
The future of Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka looks to be under increasing scrutiny with the odds on him leaving the club being slashed by the bookies. Boro have won just one Premier League game so far this season and there has been suggestions that fans of the Teeside club have grown impatient over his perceived negative tactics.
The club sit just one place above the relegation zone and are actually only ahead of Stoke City in 18th place on goal difference. With a trip to in-form Arsenal up next, a negative result could pile the pressure on the Spaniard and the bookmakers have duly responded to the speculation by cutting the odds on him to be the next Premier League manager to leave their post.
David Moyes is actually the favourite in that market after his poor start with Boro's North-East rivals Sunderland, but it is the betting on Karanka that seems to have been the popular mover in the market as the odds shorten.
The former Real Madrid defender is now priced at around 3/1 across the board although if you do fancy jumping on this one, Boylesports currently offer it at a best price of 13/2. SkyBet are the least attractive option at present, offering it at just 2/1 but perhaps the short odds are an indicator that this one could have some legs.
Karanka of course is no stranger to speculation over his future at Boro, having nearly left the club back in March. A bust up between himself and his players meant that he stayed away from training and did not take charge of the club's game at Charlton. The fall out seemed as though it would spell the end of his tenure at the Riverside but ultimately the issue was resolved as he returned to the club and led them to automatic promotion.
Much of Boro's success in getting promoted last season was down to their impressive defence but they have not really been able to replicate that in the Premier League. Their lack of goals is also an issue and that has seen many fans criticise Karanka for playing a negative style of football.
It seems a long time ago however that Boro earned promotion and despite Chairman Steve Gibson's reputation as having patience in his managers, that could certainly be put to the test unless Karanka can turn things around.
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