Former Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has ruled out the possibility of joining Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff at Tottenham.
Karanka served as Mourinho’s assistant during the Portuguese coach’s time at Real Madrid and followed Mourinho out of the door in 2013.
The Spaniard was appointed as the manager of Middlesbrough later that year and had a successful spell at the Riverside Stadium guiding the club back to the top flight in 2016 but parted ways with the club after struggling to keep them in the Premier League.
He was appointed at Nottingham Forest in January 2018 but left just a year later when the club were in seventh place just four points off the Championship play-off spots.
Karanka has been out of work since leaving Forest and he was asked by Jim White on talkSPORT (27 April, 12pm) whether he would consider joining Mourinho at Spurs if the Tottenham head coach wanted him.
Karanka responded: “I don’t think so. Now, I have my own career.
“Jose knows I would help him and he would help me but it’s in the past. We have our own careers.”
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Looking back on Jose’s career, it is astonishing how many people who’ve worked under him have gone on to be decent managers. He has had an influence on the likes of Andre Villas-Boas, Brendan Rodgers, Paul Clement, Steve Clarke, and Aitor Karanka to name a few while the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Nuno Espírito Santo played under him. Perhaps Joao Sacramento will also want to go at it on his own one day.
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