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Grant Leadbitter disappointed by Aitor Karanka departure

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Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter admits he was disappointed by the sacking of Aitor Karanka, but he insists his side must move on quickly as they bid to preserve their Premier League status.

Karanka’s three-and-a-half-year spell in charge of Boro was brought to an end on Thursday following a run of 10 top-flight matches without a win, a sequence that has seen the club slip into the relegation zone.

Leadbitter admits he was disappointed to see the Spanish coach depart to the club, but he concedes his side must move on quickly, with a crucial home match against Manchester United to come at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday.

“From the captain of the football club, and speaking on behalf of the players, we’d all like to wish Aitor all the best,” Leadbitter told the club’s official website.


“We’re disappointed and it’s always hard when people lose their job but that’s the world of football – you have to move on quickly, and look forward as a club.”

Karanka’s former number two Steve Agnew has been placed in temporary charge of the club and Leadbitter admits it is nice to be working with a familiar face.

“Steve Agnew is a top coach. It’s a tough time for the club but training has been good, and intense,” the midfielder added.

“I’m sure Steve will step up to the plate and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

Boro are currently 19th in the Premier League standings, three points adrift of safety, and they are priced at 5.50 to secure their first league victory of 2017 on Sunday, while United are available at 1.73 and the draw is on offer at 3.60.