After rumours have been circulating for 24 hours about Karanka’s fate, the club have officially announced that they have parted ways.
Karanka leaves Blues after a poor season, after being appointed on July 31st 2020, Blues have struggled to make a real impact in the league. Playing 38 games, they have lost 19, drawn 11 and won 8 as we once again stare the relegation zone in the face. Blues currently sit 3 points above the relegation zone, low on confidence and struggling to put together any performances worthy of 3 points.
Over his time at Blues, Karanka has tried to change the way Blues play. He has changed the Blues side, who were stuck in a 4-4-2 to play more creatively. He has reverted to one striker and encouraged the players to keep the ball on the floor. In the summer, Karanka let several players go from the club and made many signings. He added some experience to the squad with Clayton, Mikel San Jose and George Friend and some youth with the likes of Alen Halilovic and Jonathan Leko. Throughout the season, Blues have struggled to find a winning formula. The formation regularly changed along with the starting 11 and any consistency has looked very far away for Blues.
Through a very negative stint in charge, there are few positives to take for Blues fans who find themselves looking over their shoulders again at who is below us. Ivan Sanchez, a Karanka signing has looked positive when he has played. Jeremie Bela seems to have found some form and both wingers look to be causing trouble for defenders. A few million pounds has been invested into the club, bringing in some experienced championship players such as Neil Etheridge who has looked solid between the sticks, although he has made a few mistakes.
Overall, Karanka’s reign has been largely negative. He has proven before with Middlesbrough that he can take teams back to the Premier League and from the start it has been about a ‘3 year plan’ but as the games slowly run out, the fight for survival is becoming increasingly important and the fans will be looking for someone to come in and restore some confidence in their beloved club. Let’s hope Bowyer can give the players a boost and restore some form for the team. As always, the squad will keep right on to the end of the road, let’s hope Blues can dodge the drop again.