After a weekend of turmoil on Teesside, we look to explain what has happened with Aitor Karanka and Middlesbrough, and what will happen next. Footballers have been known to go AWOL from time to time. There was Lewis Grabban going missing from the Norwich team hotel, Carlos Tevezs disappearance following a famous spat with Roberto Mancini and Pierre van Hooijdonk going on strike for lack of player investment at Nottingham Forest.But, it is unprecedented for a manager to refuse to travel with his team for a fixture, with no excuses offered. Karanka has bucked the trend, and caught fans and experts alike completely by surprise. What has happened at Middlesbrough, and why has such an event taken place and where do they go from here? We take a look...What happened following midweek defeat at Rotherham? Rotherham celebrate over Boro which instigated row The Spanish coach stormed out of the clubs Rockcliffe Park Training Ground on Friday and told his players he didnt want to manage them again after a heated post-training row - instigated by Karankas criticism of his players after their 1-0 defeat at Rotherham in midweek.The former Real Madrid assistant was true to his word, and did not travel for Boros 2-0 defeat against Charlton at The Valley on Sunday, leaving Steve Agnew to take charge of the team instead.Did the teams form warrant Karankas anger? Middlesbrough went clear at the top after Brentford win Having derailed Brightons unbeaten start to the season with an emphatic 3-0 win at Amex Stadium, Boro hit the top of the table, and after a 1-0 win at Brentford on January 12, they held a five point lead at the top, with a game in hand.However, three wins from the subsequent 11 matches, losing their last three on the road and scoring just one goal in the process has angered Karanka.Those successive defeats on the road have come against sides much lower down the division - infuriating Karanka yet further.Why did Karanka take such drastic action? Middlesbrough players have good rapport in north east Sky sources understand that the players were concerned that criticism would damage the high morale at the club, which led to the heated team meeting taking place.Karanka has previous with this squad. Back in August. Albert Adomah handed in a transfer request after a bust-up with his manager, before revoking it in September as the pair patched up their relationship.Stewart Downing has also had his disagreements with Karanka, and at such a critical stage of the campaign, Karanka felt that the players were working to their own agenda, which warranted such unusual action.Are promotion hopes in jeopardy? Gaston Ramirez (left) celebrates against Wolves Well, no. What is most surprising about all the upheaval on Teesside is that Boro are still very much primed to seal automatic promotion back to the Premier League.Despite their recent woes, Karankas side sit second in the Championship, and victory over promotion rivals Hull on Friday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD, would strengthen their position yet further.Whats more, four of their next five matches are at home - everything is still very much in their own hands.What was the response from players, fans and staff? Middlesbrough fans have backed Karanka Both the Middlesbrough fans and coaching staff have certainly nailed their colours to the mast. The travelling Boro faithful sang Karankas name at the Valley on Sunday, and voted overwhelming in local media polls, backing the Spaniard in the bust-up.Goalkeeper coach Leo Percovich wasnt afraid to make his feelings known at the Valley, unveiling a training top with AK embezzled on it.And the players? Their woeful showing in Sundays defeat actually gave credence to Karankas views.What will happen now? Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson wants issue resolved According to Sky sources, the tact has changed in 48 hours. Karankas refusal to travel with the team did not sit well with Steve Gibson and the board, casting serious doubts over the Spaniards long-term future.However, with Boros inept showing at Charlton adding weight to Karankas argument that the players are not giving him enough, Karanka has received some sympathy from the Boro hierarchy.One way or another, Gibson is thought to be keen to resolve the issue sooner rather than later, especially with the clubs pivotal clash with Hull coming up.Ian Holloways view Highlights of Charlton v Middlesbrough from the Sky Bet Championship To me it looks like they lost their focus [at Charlton]. Theyve lost their leader. In the Championship you have little bumps in the road that you have to overcome. Youve got to be together but theyve not done that.Are they in a mini-crisis? Yes, they are. Theyve been really good - had outstanding spells - but the mini-crisis to me is losing a manager of his ilk at this crucial stage in the season. At this stage you need stability, belief and togetherness.If there have been some arguments, well, sometimes conflict is healthy; you come out the other side stronger.Somethings gone wrong - we dont know what - but Middlesbrough need to shake themselves down because the Hull game is massive. Get Sky Sports Alerts Breaking news, line ups and goal alerts from your football club - direct to your mobile Also See: Karanka could stay Charlton win amid fan protest Watch Championship goals Charlton fans mock funeral Clint Frazier Jersey . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. Masahiro Tanaka Jersey . According to a report from the Winnipeg Free Press, the Bombers will name Acting GM Kyle Walters to the post full time. http://www.yankeesrookiestore.com/Yankees-Jorge-Posada-Kids-Jersey/ . 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GENEVA -- Roma hung on to draw 1-1 at Porto in a Champions League playoff first-leg on Wednesday after having defender Thomas Vermaelen sent off before halftime on his debut.Seeking to improve on Italian clubs dire run in the playoff round, Roma began strongly and led in the 21st minute when Porto defender Felipe diverted a cross into his own net.Porto dominated the second half against 10 Roma men but only scored through Andre Silvas penalty in the 61st, awarded for handball against substitute Emerson Palmieri .Monaco won 2-1 at Villarreal in a rare loss for a Spanish team at this stage of the competition, and Celtic beat Champions League newcomer Hapoel Beer Sheva 5-2.Irish minnow Dundalk lost 2-0 to visiting Legia Warsaw, and Ludogorets Razgrad beat Viktoria Plzen 2-0.Return matches are played on Tuesday, and winners advance to the 32-team group-stage draw in Monaco on Aug. 25.Italian clubs have failed in the playoffs for five of the last six seasons, typically leaving Serie A with only two representatives among Europes elite.Roma looked to exploit shaky Porto defending, including one handling error by goalkeeper Iker Casillas that almost gifted Edin Dzeko a goal.When a weak Casillas punch teed up Mohamed Salah, the Spanish veteran saved twice from the Egypt winger and again when the loose ball fell to Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan.The game turned when Vermaelen was shown a second yellow card in the 41st minute of his first match since moving on loan from Barcelona last week.The Belgium defender struck Andre Silva with a raised boot on the edge of the penalty area with his eyes fixed on a lofted pass and not the Porto forward.Porto thought it had levelled in the 50th but a goal awarded to Adrian LLopez was then disallowed for offside after Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers consulted with two assistants.ddddddddddddIts a positive result, Nainggolan said. 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The three-goal lead was restored by substitute Moussa Dembele and Scott Brown.Dundalk would be the first team from Ireland to advance from the qualifying rounds in 25 seasons since the European Cup was rebranded as the Champions League.Playing at the national stadium in Dublin, Dundalk was undone by second-half goals for Legia: a Nemanja Nikolic penalty in the 56th, and Aleksandar Prijovic in stoppage time.Ludogorets also played at its national stadium, in Sofia, because the Bulgarian champions own stadium does not meet UEFA standards. It led through defender Cosmin Motis 51st-minute penalty and Dutch forward Virgil Misidjan added a second in the 64th. 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