Five potential replacements for sacked Karanka

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Who will replace the ex-Real Madrid defender in the dugout?

Speculation is well underway as to who will replace sacked Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka.

The Boro board ended his three-and-a-half year stay on Teesside on Thursday but who will take up the reigns from the Spaniard?

The club are second from bottom in the Premier League and have recorded the fewest wins of any side this season (four).

Here are five men the Reds could turn to next:

CLAUDIO RANIERI

The footballing community is still hurting after Ranieri’s shock Leicester sacking and a move back into management at the first time of asking may just suit the Italian down to the ground.

His appointment would certainly win over the club’s fanbase quickly and Boro would automatically pick up a legion of fans around the globe.

ALAN PARDEW

Pardew was sacked as Crystal Palace boss in December 2016, only a few months after guiding them to the FA Cup final.

A move further north may not quite be what he’s after and Boro fans probably won’t be happy to see a former Newcastle boss in charge.

NIGEL PEARSON

The former Leicester manager has been out of work since leaving Derby County in October 2016 and has recently thrown his hat in the ring for the vacant job at Norwich City.

He is though a man for a relegation battle and could be a shrewd appointment for Boro.

STEVE MCCLAREN

Another name doing the rounds is McClaren, who was sacked by Derby only recently.

Could he return to the Riverside Stadium for a second spell?

He enjoyed five successful years at Boro from June 2001 to May 2006, before taking on the England job.

ROY HODGSON

Yet another former England coach.

Hodgson is vastly experienced, and if he feels he has another Premier League challenge left in him, a move to Boro may just tick the right bosses.

This is probably the most unlikely of our chosen five but he has been linked with Norwich.

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Five potential moves for Romelu Lukaku

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Everton’s Romelu Lukaku has reportedly turned down a contract extension and is determined to leave the club this summer.

The striker leads the goal-scoring charts in the premier league with 19 goals alongside Harry Kane and is keen on securing a move to one of the European powerhouses.

Given his form throughout his Everton career in particular, he won’t be short of suitors.

Here are five teams the Belgian could move to.

CHELSEA

Lukaku was never fancied at Chelsea, rarely afforded an opportunity in the first team. After a couple of loan spells, Jose Mourinho finally cashed in on him but like Paul Pogba at Manchester United, Lukaku may relish the opportunity to return in triumph to the club that discarded him.

He would be reunited with childhood friends Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois while offering a solid option to Diego Costa with whom he could even compete for a starting berth.

ARSENAL

It’s difficult to imagine Alexis Sanchez staying at Arsenal beyond this summer given his scintillating form since his arrival and his recent falling out with Arsene Wenger. Olivier Giroud has always been better off the bench and has proved unreliable as a regular starter.

Lukaku would ably slot in as the main striker. Wenger would no doubt gawk at the transfer fee but would he even be at the helm next season?

AS MONACO

The French side are on the rise and while Radamel Falcao has enjoyed a resurgence this season, he’s not getting any younger. The 31-year-old may not be the ideal first choice striker come next season. Lukaku would certainly be a breath of fresh air in that role.

With Europe’s top clubs circling some of Monaco’s best players, they may have a war chest at their disposal in the summer and the Belgian, while expensive, would be an investment.

ATLETICO MADRID

Antoine Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move away from Atletico, with Manchester United in particular being touted as the favourites for his signature.

Should the Frenchman be lured away, Diego Simeone’s men will have to replace his goals. Kevin Gameiro can’t be expected to lead the attack on his own. In Lukaku, they would get a striker in the same mould as Costa.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Similar to the scenario at Atletico, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had his head turned as well. The striker has been among the best goalscorers in Europe for the past couple of seasons and has made no secret of his desire to play for Real Madrid.

Despite the acquisition of Alexander Isak, Dotmund will need a more seasoned striker to ensure that they remain competitive and Lukaku could be that man.

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De Bruyne hails club's youth development in UAE

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De Bruyne training in Abu Dhabi.

Manchester City FC star Kevin De Bruyne has spoken of the passion of young footballers and fans in the UAE as Abu Dhabi prepares to host a youth football tournament featuring teams from across the Middle East, where more than 800 players as expected to take part.

The star midfielder was speaking ahead of the Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup 2017 which will take place from March 24-25 at Zayed Sports City. The competition will feature youth football matches as well as free fun filled family activities and competitions for anyone to enjoy.

De Bruyne said: “To come and train in Abu Dhabi has allowed us to see what a great place it is for football and the young players will have the very best facilities to play on. There is passion here for the game and that is great to see – the more football events that take place the better.

“We are seeing football spreading all over the world and Abu Dhabi is a great place to really develop the game in this region. The Club spends a lot of time on youth development and I can see that continuing over the coming seasons.”

The inaugural Manchester City Abu Dhabi Cup 2017, which is supported by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Etihad Airways, has already seen many teams from the UAE, Oman and Bahrain register to take part and is open to Under 10, 12, 14 and 16 sides.

The winning teams will be awarded with a training camp, which will be held in their own country and delivered by Manchester City coaches. One of the winning teams will also receive an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Etihad Campus in Manchester where they will get to train and experience first-hand, the same facilities as Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne.

You can win a team place at the Manchester City Cup by entering our competition here, or telling us WHY YOUR TEAM SHOULD WIN in the comments below, using #360fans on Twitter or on our Facebook Page.

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