Struggling Middlesbrough target Hiddink after Karanka's departure

Posted March 18, 2017

The Spaniard's three-and-a-half year tenure at the Riverside came to an end on Thursday with the club 19th in the Premier League, three points from safety. That is a sad thing to say about football, the game I love.

Steve Agnew has been placed in temporary charge while a permanent replacement is found and Slaven feels the decision was correct by the club and chairman Steve Gibson. But today the players have trained well and we look forward to the weekend.

Jose Mourinho has offered sarcastic approval of Aitor Karanka's departure as Middlesbrough boss this week, claiming "he deserved to be sacked" for his success.

Agnew also denied there had been a rift between Karanka and the players, including a reported training ground row with Stewart Downing, adding his side are "the best group of players I've worked with in terms of their attitude".

"In the second year, he took the team to Wembley, to play the playoff final".

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Ravanelli, who scored 17 goals in 35 appearances for Boro, said: "I'm so sorry Karanka was sacked".

Asked if it was similar scenario to Claudio Ranieri's dismissal at Leicester Mourinho replied: "In this case, I know the names!"

The former Republic of Ireland worldwide continued: "There are names [being mentioned] galore, but I would personally go for Martin O'Neill, that would be my gut instinct".

Staunchly supported by Steve Gibson, Boro's owner who, very much hoping he will prove himself a suitable choice to rescue the team from relegation, has permitted the 51-year-old to hire Joe Jordan as his assistant, Agnew made it clear his is a much more attacking manifesto than his predecessor's.