Former Boro' manager Aitor Karanka is the bookies favourite for a return to management with the Blues

Could Aitor Karanka be in line for a return to football management? The answer according to the bookies is yes.

The Spaniard has been out of work since he left Middlesbrough in March with the side in the middle of a relegation battle from the Premier League which in the end they lost.

Karanka took over at Boro in November 2013 when they were in the lower reaches of the Championship, a club that had stagnated and wasn't going anywhere. They finished that season 12th in the table winning six of their last eight matches.

The following season saw a much improved Boro side and under Karanka's leadership they finished fourth in the table and made it to the play-off final where they lost to Norwich at Wembley.

That pain of a Wembley defeat spurred Boro to promotion the following season finishing 2nd in the table and sealing promotion on the last day against Brighton.

It would go on to be a difficult season in the Premier League. The club had a good defensive record but were just unable to score goals (just 27 all season) meaning they were relegated back to the Championship after just one season at the top level.

Karanka left the club in March to give them a chance of staying up. 

Birmingham sacked Harry Redknapp on Saturday after the 3-1 home defeat against Preston. It was their sixth defeat in a row in all competitions.

The defeat left the club sitting second from bottom with 4 points, just 2 off the bottom.

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Many believed that the sacking of Redknapp was harsh considering they brought in 14 players during the summer window including six on deadline day meaning that that would need time to learn how to play together. 

The club are in desperate need of stability after seeing 3 managers walk in and out of the St Andrews front door since the start of last season.

Gary Rowett was sacked not long after the new owners took over in one of the strangest decisions the Championship has ever seen.

His replacement was former Watford manager Gianfranco Zola who saw the side drop from seventh when he took over to twenty-first when he left. Redknapp came in and saved the club from relegation to League One before taking over permanently in the summer. 

Now that he has gone, could Aitor Karanka be the man to steady the ship and get Birmingham back up the table just as he did at Boro?

If he is to do so he will need to be given something that managers do not get a lot of these days and that is time. 

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