Never more down than in mid-March when Karanka was placed on gardening leave following training ground disharmony.
You're always going to look back at moments but ultimately the team that finishes runners-up deserves it, and we're still in with a good shout, ready and fighting,' said manager Chris Hughton.
revealed earlier this week that the Spanish coach had clashed with club stalwart Stewart Downing and it proved to be the final straw as chairman Steve Gibson brought an end to Karanka's three-and-a-half-year period at the Riverside.
After a falling out with former Boro boss Aitor Karanka at the turn of the year, there was interest in him from Crystal Palace, China and the MLS.
Free agent v wages: After last season, Sunderland fans have had their fill of older players heading to the Stadium of Light for a final pay day and Downing’s wage demands could put the club off.
Assistant manager Steve Agnew will lead the team at home to Manchester United on Sunday and club sources are not ruling out Agnew remaining in charge until the end of the season.
understands Boro have made a bold move to bring former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink to the Riverside.
As much as the manager and the players all deserve promotion, he deserves it more than anyone.
Meanwhile, Brighton – who set an unwanted Championship record for fewest defeats by a team without getting automatically promoted – will appeal Dale Stephens' red card in the hope he can face Sheffield Wednesday in the first leg of the play-offs on Friday.'In another season, we go up automatically but that's how it is.
“I had opportunities to join clubs in the Premier League but, in fairness, they weren't offering me anything different in terms of a challenge to West Ham.