Steve Agnew: I will save Middlesbrough from relegation
That's the opinion of Steve Agnew, the former assistant to Karanka who has taken over first team duties in the absence of a permanent manager, as The Guardian wrote.
The Daily Mail says Karanka clashed with club stalwart Downing this week and it proved to be the final straw as chairman Steve Gibson brought an end to his three-and-a-half-year period at the Riverside.
Harry Redknapp had a short stint in charge of the Jordan national team a year ago and was also made Derby's football advisor for Darren Wassell's spell as interim manager.
Wheras Karanka had, at times, criticised the club's supporters and the mindsets of certain players, Agnew, pointedly, praised both the fans - "they've been absolutely first class all season" - and the "attitudes and application" of "the best set of players I've worked with". They never recovered from the episode last season that led to Karanka being absent from the touchline for Boro's 2-0 defeat at Charlton. "But in terms of the players, I couldn't be more proud of their fighting spirit". If we show that kind of commitment and intensity then we have a real chance of staying in this league.
"He took us from a club that was struggling in the Championship to the Premier League". I think I'm capable of delivering it and the players are capable.
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 made a decision to take action more swiftly.
Speaking in The Times today Gibson suggested Agnew is a serious contender for the post. "I think he can be the glue to unify us completely".
Explaining the rationale behind that choice, he said: "Joe's a great football guy and I've known Joe a long time. He has progressed us and he will have learnt an enormous amount from this experience", Gibson added. We wish him all the very best.