Boro caretaker boss Steve Agnew confident of Premier League survival

Boro caretaker boss Steve Agnew confident of Premier League survival

Boro caretaker boss Steve Agnew confident of Premier League survival

That is a sad thing to say about football, the game I love.

For the hosts, winger Gaston Ramirez has scored two goals in 20 Premier League outings as Middlesbrough bid to fend off relegation on their return to the Promised Land.

Middlesbrough have not won in the Premier League since December 17.

Head coach Karanka left Boro, who sit in 19th place in the Premier League table, on Thursday.

Jose Mourinho has offered sarcastic approval of Aitor Karanka's departure as Middlesbrough boss this week, claiming "he deserved to be sacked" for his success.

It is understood that Karanka, with whom Mourinho is still close, clashed with a number of Middlesbrough players, including Stewart Downing and Patrick Bamford.

'I think he [Karanka] deserves to be sacked.

"In the first year when he arrived, the team was going to League One and he saved the team".

"In the second year, he took the team to the play-off final at Wembley".

Mourinho offered pointed support of Claudio Ranieri following his shock sacking by champions Leicester City but, when asked for his view of Karanka's exit, the Manchester United boss was of a more sardonic mindset.

When asked if he wanted the job on a permanent basis, Agnew insisted he was exclusively focused on Sunday's match but added taking charge of the first team was a "massive opportunity" and that he had "served [his] time" as an assistant, having worked under Karanka for two and a half years.

"But in this case I know the names", Mourinho said.

Owner Steve Gibson wants Agnew, Aitor Karanka's assistant, to continue until the end of the season and has appointed Joe Jordan as No 2.

Latest News