Karanka delighted as Middlesbrough appoint Steve Agnew as assistant head coach

New Boro assistant Steve Agnew (right) chats to former boss Steve Bruce.
New Boro assistant Steve Agnew (right) chats to former boss Steve Bruce.

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Aitor Karanka has spoken of his delight after securing Steve Agnew as his new assistant head coach.

The former Hull City and Hartlepool United assistant replaces Craig Hignett in the dugout at the Riverside after leaving his post as Steve Bruce’s Number 2.

Karanka said: “I’m very pleased – Steve was our first choice.

“He’s a very good person who knows the club.

“He’s worked here in our Academy and with the first team squad.

“Steve knows the league, he was promoted with Hull and he knows the Premier League.

“He brings everything I want in an assistant and I have no doubts he is the right person.”

The experienced 49-year-old joins the club from Hull City where he was assistant manager to Bruce.

A club statement added: “Agnew joined Hull from Boro where he was previously reserve team manager before stepping up to assistant manager.

“Agnew was temporary manager of the club following Gordon Strachan’s departure in 2010.

“Agnew’s coaching career started at Gateshead where he worked with Gary Gill.

“He later joined Boro’s Academy as a coach before a spell with Leeds United.”