Aitor Karanka has spoken of the departure of Craig Hignett and has wished his former assistant every success in the future.

The club announced on Tuesday morning that Hignett had parted company with the club and would be leaving his role as assistant head coach with immediate effect.

"We had differences in our decisions and points of view," said Aitor.

"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's the club, and we want to get the club in the highest position."