Karanka walked away to save Middlesbrough says owner

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

Gibson added Karanka was "tired" after three and a half years at club and that they both concluded "he perhaps wasn't the guy at this point in time to deliver that change".

Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew hopes his appointment will have a similar impact at the relegation-threatened club as that of Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City.

Meanwhile for Jose Mourinho's visitors, summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has become an integral player under the "Special One" after initially struggling to adapt in English football following his move from Borussia Dortmund.

Boro are winless in their last 10 Premier League games and are the league's lowest scorers with just 19 goals.

His departure came three years and four months into his reign and followed lengthy talks with chairman Steve Gibson.

The 43-year-old, who guided Boro from the Championship to the Premier League last season, was dismissed on Thursday with the team set to host Manchester United on Sunday. I think in the fourth year, he deserved to be sacked'. But today the players have trained well and we look forward to the weekend.


It is understood that Karanka, with whom Mourinho is still close, clashed with a number of Middlesbrough players, including Stewart Downing and Patrick Bamford.

"In the first year when he arrived, the team was going to League One and he saved the team".

"I know people are cynical when you say that a decision was mutual, but he wasn't sacked".

'In the second year, he took the team to Wembley to play the play-off final.

Harry Redknapp is interested in returning to management with Middlesbrough should Steve Agnew's spell in charge prove unsuccessful. "I can not sacrifice anything", he said.

Former Scotland striker Joe Jordan has joined Middlesbrough's coaching staff to assist interim boss Agnew.

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