New Birmingham City boss Aitor Karanka believes he can buck the trend and avoid becoming another managerial casualty at St Andrew’s.
The 46-year-old Spaniard is the club’s ninth manager in nine years but Karanka is confident he will stay the course. ‘I trust myself and I trust the person who called me [chief executive Dong Ren]. If I go it’s because I haven’t done my job properly,’ he said.
‘We have the same aim and we know each other better every day.’ Ren promised that the former Real Madrid defender, who turned Birmingham down in 2017, will be given time.
New Birmingham manager Aitor Karanka is confident he won't be another managerial casualty
He said: ‘It’s well documented we’ve had two significant sales in the last two windows [Jude Bellingham and Che Adams] and I’d be lying to say we haven’t got anything in the chest. We will do what Aitor thinks is reasonable and he will have our backing.
‘Aitor will have the time and authority to build and lead this club going forward. From the first call I said I am not looking for someone to work for me and the club, I’m looking for a proper partner to help this club move forward.’
Karanka will have to rebuild after losing star player Jude Bellingham to Borussia Dortmund
Birmingham face Tottenham in a friendly on August 29, with Karanka meeting Jose Mourinho, with whom he worked with at Real Madrid.
The former Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest boss hinted he will ask if the Spurs manager can offer him any players.
‘He called me to give me his congratulations when I arrived here. When he was at Chelsea we took on loan good players [at Boro]. Let’s see if he has some good players who can come,’ added Karanka.
Karanka hinted he'll ask Jose Mourinho whether Spurs can offer them any players on loan