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Personal information
Full name Aitor Karanka de la Hoz
Date of birth 18 September 1973 (1973-09-18) (age 47)
Place of birth    Vitoria, Flag of Spain Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defender
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Current club Flag of England Birmingham City (Head Coach)
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1991–1992
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Aitor Karanka de la Hoz (born 18 September 1973) is a Spanish football manager and former player who is the head coach of Birmingham City.

Save for a brief spell in the United States, at the age of 32, he played solely in Spain for Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid, appearing in 275 La Liga matches over 13 seasons and winning a total of six honours with the latter.

Karanka started a managerial career in the late 2000s, notably working as assistant manager at Real Madrid during Jose Mourinho's tenure as manager from 2010–13. He was appointed manager of Middlesbrough in 2013, guiding them to promotion to the Premier League in 2016 before being dismissed the following year. He became Nottingham Forest manager in January 2018, leaving the role just over a year later in 2019, before being appointed as head coach of fellow Championship club Birmingham City in July 2020.

External links

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Birmingham City F.C. squad - 2020–21

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Current EFL League Championship managers

Struber (Barnsley) · Karanka (Birmingham City) · Mowbray (Blackburn Rovers) · Tindall (Bournemouth) · Frank (Brentford) · Holden (Bristol City) · Harris (Cardiff City) · Robins (Coventry City) · Cocu (Derby County) · Corberán (Huddersfield Town) · Jones (Luton Town) · Warnock (Middlesbrough) · Rowett (Millwall) · Farke (Norwich City) · Lamouchi (Nottingham Forest) · Neil (Preston North End) · Warburton (Queens Park Rangers) · Bowen (Reading) · Warne (Rotherham United) · Monk (Sheffield Wednesday) · O'Neill (Stoke City) · Cooper (Swansea City) · Vacant (Watford) · Ainsworth (Wycombe Wanderers)

Middlesbrough Football Club - Managers

J.Robson 1899–1905 • Mackie 1905–06 • Aitken 1906–09 • Gunter 1909–10 • Walker 1910–11 • McIntosh 1911–19 • Howie 1920–23 • Bamlett 1923–26 • McWilliam 1927–34 • Gillow 1934–44 • Jack 1944–52 • Rowley 1952–54 • Dennison 1954–63 • Carter 1963–66 • Anderson 1966–73 • Charlton 1973–77 • Neal 1977–81 • Murdoch 1981–82 • Allison 1982–84 • Maddren 1984–86 • Rioch 1986–90 • Todd 1990–91 • Lawrence 1991–94 • B.Robson 1994–2001 • Venables 2001 • McClaren 2001–06 • Southgate 2006–09 • Strachan 2009–10 • Mowbray 2010–13 • Karanka 2013–17 • Agnew 2017 • Monk 2017 • Pulis 2017–19 • Woodgate 2019–20 • Warnock 2020– •

Nottingham Forest Football Club - Managers

Radford 1889 to 97 • Haslam 1897 to 1909 • Earp 1909 to 12 • Masters 1912 to 25 • Baynes 1925 to 29 • Hardy 1930 to 31 • Watson 1931 to 36 • Wightman 1936 to 39 • Walker 1939 to 60 • Beattie 1960 to 63 • Carey 1963 to 68 • Gillies 1969 to 72 • Mackay 1972 to 73 • Brown 1973 to 75 • Clough 1975 to 93 • Clark 1993 to 96 • Pearce 1996 to 97 • Bassett 1997 to 99 • Adams 1999 • Atkinson 1999 • Platt 1999 to 2001 • Hart 2001 to 04 • Kinnear 2004 • Harford 2004 to 05 • Megson 2005 to 06 • Barlow & McParland 2006 • Calderwood 2006 to 08 • Pemberton 2008 to 09 • Davies 2009 to 11 • McClaren 2011 • Kelly 2011 • Cotterill 2011 to 12 • O'Driscoll 2012 • McLeish 2012 to 13 • Davies 2013 to 14 • Brazil 2014 • Pearce 2014 to 15 • Freedman 2015 to 16 • Williamsc 2016 • Montanier 2016–17 • Brazilc 2017 • Warburton 2017 • Brazilc 2017 to 18 • Karanka 2018 to 19 • Irelandc 2019 • O'Neill 2019

Birmingham City Football Club - Managers

Jones (1892–1908) · Watson (1908–10) · McRoberts (1910–15) · Richards (1915–23) · Beer (1923–27) · Harvey (1927–28) · Knighton (1928–33) · Liddell (1933–39) · Camkin (1939–44) · Goodier (1944–45) · Storer (1945–49) · Brocklebank (1949–54) · Turner (1954–58) · Turner and Beasley (1958) · Beasley (1958–60) · Merrick (1960–64) · Mallett (1964–65) · Cullis (1965–70) · Goodwin (1970–75) · Bell (1975–77) · Ramsey (1977–78) · Smith (1978–82) · Saunders (1982–86) · Bond (1986–87) · Pendrey (1987–89) · Mackay (1989–91) · Macari (1991) · Cooper (1991–93) · Fry (1993–96) · Francis (1996–2001) · Bruce (2001–07) · McLeish (2007–11) · Hughton (2011–12) · Clark (2012–14) · Rowett (2014–16) · Zola (2016–17) · Redknapp (2017) · Cotterill (2017–18) · Monk (2018–19) · Clotet (2019–20) · Karanka (2020–) ·

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