Steve Agnew: Middlesbrough caretaker manager wants job on permanent basis

by Steven Clarke March 20, 2017, 0:05
Steve Agnew: Middlesbrough caretaker manager wants job on permanent basis

Agnew has been placed in charge of team affairs for the time being, ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester United, and sources on Teesside have indicated he could yet be asked to perform a similar role to Craig Shakespeare at Leicester. It's a club that I have a big affection for and I love the people in the area and the passion of the crowd and the North East football, ' Agnew told BT Sport.

"Jose Mourinho claimed he can see his team losing this weekend, but it is mind games".

"I know we'll take that fighting spirit for the rest of the season". It's my main goal and my dream to come back.

But Victor Valdes' late slip allowed Antonio Valencia to tap in late on and seal United's victory.

"We controlled everything until our second goal and then they changed to play with Gestede and [Alvaro] Negredo".

Instead, the Boro chief is putting his faith in Steve Agnew to keep the club in the Premier League.

'It is a relief to get a goal but the ball has been bouncing, dropping, not quite going in.

Speaking before the game, Gibson had hinted Agnew could be Karanka's long-term successor as manager.

The club looked to be heading in only one direction and having waited seven years to return to the top flight after suffering relegation in 2009, Gibson decided enough was enough.

Despite playing a straight bat as he addressed the media for the first time on Friday, Agnew subtly made it clear he is a very different coach to Karanka. Stewart is somebody I've known a long time, so I know how he works. "I really think that".

Gibson also spoke about the decision to part company with Karanka - but he hailed the Spaniard's achievements during his three-and-a-half-year reign. "He's part of our history and achieved something very hard - and it's getting more hard to get out of the Championship and into the Premier League". "He has progressed us and he will have learnt an enormous amount from this experience", Gibson added.

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