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Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sports | By Jaime Goodwin

Steve Agnew wants Middlesbrough job permanently but is he right man

Steve Agnew wants Middlesbrough job permanently but is he right man

Managerless Middlesbrough will begin the post-Aitor Karanka era on Sunday (today) when they take on top-four hopefuls, Manchester United, at the Riverside Stadium.

"I've known him a long, long time and he's a smashing lad.

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

Steve Agnew is now in charge until Middlesbrough appoint a new boss. They never recovered from the episode last season that led to Karanka being absent from the touchline for Boro's 2-0 defeat at Charlton.

Wheras Karanka had, at times, criticised the club's supporters and the mindsets of certain players, Agnew, pointedly, praised both the fans - "they've been absolutely first class all season" - and the "attitudes and application" of "the best set of players I've worked with".

"I know we'll take that fighting spirit for the rest of the season". "I don't think it's amusing that some of our players have played 11 matches in six weeks".

"But I keep using the word "confident", and I do believe we'll stay in the Premier League".

Gibson, who has special advisor Peter Kenyon's contacts to draw upon, has turned to experience in the past, drafting in former England boss Terry Venables to work alongside Bryan Robson in December 2000, although the circumstances this time around are very different.

"We're better because of him, I hope he's better because of us, and we'll stay friends, our family will stay friends, we'll meet and have a beer and some dinner".

The win for Manchester United moves them up to fifth in the Premier League heading into the worldwide break.

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

"He's a great guy and he's part of our history", said Gibson.

"This club will always hold a special place for me and I wish everyone connected with Middlesbrough Football Club the very best for the future".

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