Steve Agnew: I will save Middlesbrough from relegation

Gibson has been quick to insist that Karanka wasn't sacked saying he'sacrificed himself

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

Aitor Karanka's former No. 2 takes charge of Boro for the first time on Sunday against Manchester United at the Riverside following the Spaniard's departure yesterday. "He was "Get on with it, enjoy it and organise the team for the weekend", and that's as much as I wanted to hear", said Agnew.

Karanka said: "I'd like to thank Middlesbrough for a wonderful opportunity and the players, staff and all the people at the club who I have worked with".

Speaking to BT Sport, he added: "It's a pleasure to be in charge of the team and see them respond". He's also somebody I've known a long time, so I know how he works.

The Premier League strugglers are without a manager after Aitor Karanka resigned on Thursday with the club sitting 19th in the table.

Gibson also paid tribute to Karanka, who guided the club back into the top flight at the end of last 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.

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

"If we show that commitment and intensity until the end of the season, we have a real chance of staying up".

It would be the biggest single achievement of my life.

'It is a relief to get a goal but the ball has been bouncing, dropping, not quite going in.

It is understood the original intention was to give Karanka the Manchester United game on Sunday to try and get points on the board but chairman Gibson chose to take action more swiftly. I hope he's here this time next year or the year after.

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.

"He's a great guy and he's part of our history", said Gibson.

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