Hignett and Karanka had “differences in points of view” at Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.

AITOR Karanka said he and former Middlesbrough assistant manager Craig Hignett had differences in “decisions and points of view”.

It was announced this morning that Hignett had left the Championship club with immediate effect following discussions between Hignett, Karanka and the club.

The Boro boss has now spoken out about the decision.

Karanka said: “We had differences in our decisions and points of view.

“All of us want the best for our club and we have talked, and we agreed that this is the best for the club. I just want to say thanks to Higgy.

“He was my first assistant. I said on Saturday morning that he was very important these past eight months and I know how important he is for this club.

“I wish him all the best because he deserves all the best.

“This is football. We have to work and we have to try and get the best for our club.

“This is the main thing whether it’s Aitor Karanka, Higgy, or anyone.

“The person isn’t important, it’s the club, and we want to get the club in the highest position,” added Karanka, who was speaking to the club’s website.

Hignett left Hartlepool United as assistant manager in March to take up the role at Boro.

His departure from Pools was seen as a huge blow, with the club’s form dipping after he left but it was seen as a major coup for Boro, where he enjoyed the best years of his career between 1992 and 1998.

It was an eventful six years on Teesside which included two promotions and an appearance in both the FA Cup Final and the League Cup Final in 1996-97, scoring the first ever goal at the Riverside Stadium as well.

He moved into coaching, first with Boro’s Academy and then joining Colin Cooper at Pools in May 2013.