Steve Agnew wants Middlesbrough job permanently but is he right man

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

Karanka was relieved of his post after three-and-a-half years at the club with Boro struggling in the Premier League relegation zone.

Harry Redknapp had a short stint in charge of the Jordan national team previous year and was also made Derby's football advisor for Darren Wassell's spell as interim manager.

"Of course. It's a club I have a big affection for", he was quoted by the BBC. I know we'll take that same fighting spirit for the rest of the season'. The Teessiders are 19th in the Premier League, without a win since December, and three points shy of safety with just 11 games remaining.

In the short term, though, a draw may be the best Boro will be hoping for today and, considering these two sides have drawn more games than any other teams in the division this season, it is a realistic goal for the hosts too.

"When we got that goal, we had Manchester United defending in the box for their lives", he added.

In the end his side won 3-1, with Valencia scoring the final goal after Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard had found the net earlier in the match.

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. "I think he can be the glue to unify us completely".

It was another incendiary remark - he criticised both the fans and the club's January recruitment drive in recent months - and with Gibson having funded both Downing's return and Bamford's permanent capture at great expense, it did not go down particularly well.

His last job in England was with QPR back in 2015. "He achieved something very hard".

"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". We wish him all the very best.