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Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson says exhausted Aitor Karanka 'sacrificed himself'

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson says exhausted Aitor Karanka 'sacrificed himself'

Staunchly supported by Steve Gibson, Boro's owner who, very much hoping he will prove himself a suitable choice to rescue the team from relegation, has permitted the 51-year-old to hire Joe Jordan as his assistant, Agnew made it clear his is a much more attacking manifesto than his predecessor's.

Harry Redknapp had a short stint in charge of the Jordan national team a year ago and was also made Derby's football advisor for Darren Wassell's spell as interim manager. I know we'll take that same fighting spirit for the rest of the season'.

Jose Mourinho celebrated Antonio Valencia's late goal in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Middlesbrough by immediately heading to the dressing room pumping his fists.

"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". If we show that kind of commitment and intensity then we have a real chance of staying in this league.

Despite the setback, Gibson insists that he hopes Agnew will still be in the hotseat this time next year.

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


Speaking before the game, Gibson had hinted Agnew could be Karanka's long-term successor as manager. "There's more to him than people know and a bit more steel", he said.

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

I have to be honest, it was a really hard day yesterday, a very emotional day, but then today the players have trained well and we look forward to the weekend.

Gibson, who believes the Boro squad is good enough to stay up, also paid tribute to Karanka, who guided the club back into the top flight at the end of last season. He's a great guy and he's part of our history.

"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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