'He deserved to be sacked' - Mourinho offers sardonic backing to Karanka exit

Rachel Hardy
March 18, 2017

I think he's relieved.

Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew hopes his appointment will have a similar impact at the relegation-threatened club as that of Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City.

Boro are winless in their last 10 Premier League games and are the league's lowest scorers with just 19 goals.

Gibson added Karanka was "tired" after three and a half years at club and that they both concluded "he perhaps wasn't the guy at this point in time to deliver that change".

Asked how to get the best out of Downing at a pre-Manchester United press conference, Agnew, who believes he is capable of keeping Middlesbrough afloat, told reporters: "Stewart's a Middlesbrough boy".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has criticised Boro's decision to split with Karanka, who worked under the Portuguese at Real Madrid, claiming he "knows the names" of players who contributed to Karanka's sacking.

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Mourinho would not name names, but it is clear that he feels that the Middlesbrough players pushed Karanka out of the club.

'I think he [Karanka] deserves to be sacked. In the second year, he took them to Wembley to play in the play-off final.

Agnew will oversee this weekend's clash with Manchester United and the Boro hierarchy will have two weeks before their next game due to the global break, giving them time to find a replacement.

Middlesbrough chairman, Steve Gibson, wants to give Agnew the head coach role on a long-term basis, even though the vastly experienced former Holland and Chelsea manager Gus Hiddink is available and interested in the job.

The former Republic of Ireland global continued: "There are names [being mentioned] galore, but I would personally go for Martin O'Neill, that would be my gut instinct".

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