Steve Agnew wants Middlesbrough job permanently but is he right man

Middlesbrough assistant head coach Steve Agnew

The interim boss says he wants Boro job on a permanent basis following defeat to Manchester United.

Middlesbrough assistant head coach Steve AgnewMiddlesbrough assistant head coach Steve Agnew

Steve Agnew has publicly declared that he wants the Middlesbrough manager's job on a permanent basis following the sacking of Aitor Karanka.

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

Agnew was appointed as interim, but following his first game in charge - a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United - the 51-year-old was clear in his message when he asked if he wants the position permanently:

"Of course. It's a club I have a big affection for," he was quoted by the BBC.

"It's a pleasure to be in charge of the team and see them respond.

"I know we'll take that fighting spirit for the rest of the season."

Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo shoots at goalMiddlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo shoots at goal

Agnew is the front-runner to be given the job, according to the Gazette, after being backed by Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson.

Harry Redknapp and Guus Hiddink are also said to be interested, while initial favourite Nigel Pearson now looks more likely to head to Norwich City.

Whether Agnew is what Boro need as they look to make up the five-point gap between themselves and safety remains to be seen.

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