Yet Mourinho seems a bit prickly? Karanka laughs. “Ninety-five per cent of the day, José is fun, and the other 5 per cent is just with the media,” he says. “When my wife met José, she was surprised. He was not the person she was used to seeing on the TV. He’s funny, a very good father, very good friend. He’s very loyal. In my case, he transmitted me all his confidence and I gave him all my best.”
'I live in Harrogate (North Yorkshire) and every day, when I'm walking through the streets, a supporter of Middlesbrough comes up to say "Thank you very much."'