Steve Agnew: Middlesbrough caretaker manager wants job on permanent basis

Gibson has been quick to insist that Karanka wasn't sacked saying he'sacrificed himself

Steve Agnew is now in charge until Middlesbrough appoint a new boss.

Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian were both introduced for the away side in the second period, and Mourinho has claimed that Middlesbrough's long-ball tactics forced him to operate with four central defenders. "He's a big part of the rest of the season".

Redknapp's assistant at Tottenham, Joe Jordan has been named Boro's assistant manager and he will offer advice to Steve Agnew who is in caretaker charge. If we show that kind of commitment and intensity then we have a real chance of staying in this league.

Agnew said it was "a relief" to see the team end their Premier League goal drought.

Speaking before the game, Gibson had hinted Agnew could be Karanka's long-term successor as manager. "He sacrificed himself", Gibson told the Times on Friday. "I don't think it's amusing that some of our players have played 11 matches in six weeks".

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.

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 stopped the rot and, after suffering the heartache of a play-off final defeat by Norwich, guided Boro back into the top flight as runners-up to Burnley last season. "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".

"We had a tough summer trying to get players in so since (last) season ended, Aitor hasn't stopped - and we agreed mutually it was the time for him to leave. He deserves a good future in the game".



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