Middlesbrough future more important than Steve Agnew’s as Monk and Giggs linked to job

Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew gestures on the touchline  at Anfield
Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew gestures on the touchline at Anfield

Steve Agnew insists the future good health of Middlesbrough must come before his own future.

The former Hartlepool United assistant boss took charge of Boro at Anfield yesterday – probably for the final time.

It is Middlesbrough Football Club that we have to get right in the summer months

STEVE AGNEW

Agnew was handed the reins after the sacking of Aitor Karanka in mid-March.

But the removal of the Spaniard produced no change in fortunes with Agnew winning only one game – a drab 1-0 derby victory over bottom club, Sunderland.

Boro were relegated three matches before the end of the season and departed with little sparkle as they lost 3-0 at Liverpool yesterday.

The Reds secured qualification for next year’s Champions League thanks to goals by Georginio Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana.

While there was joy at a return of European football at Anfield, Boro are back in the Championship with matches at the likes of Barnsley, Birmingham and Millwall.

Boro’s Premier League tilt was ended after just one season and their bid to return next term will likely occur under a new manager, with Agnew unsure of his future role.

“I’m sure I will speak to the owner,” he added. “Whether it is this week or next week, I don’t know any dates but I am sure we will have a chat at some point.

“It is Middlesbrough Football Club that we have to get right in the summer months and make sure we are all prepared for a tough campaign in the Championship.”

Owner Steve Gibson gave a strong hint last week of a change in the hot-seat as he looks to see Boro “smash” the Championship.

Leeds boss Garry Monk has been linked to the Riverside afterv an excellent season at Leeds, where he just missed out on the play-offs.

Former skipper Nigel Person is also in the frame but don’t rule out Ryan Giggs.

Gibson has turned to a Man United figure not once but twice during his time in control on Teesside – both with great success – Bryan Robson and Steve McClaren.