Football

Boro axe Karanka

Aitor Karanka was sacked as Middlesbrough manager yesterday as the Premier League strugglers made a last-ditch bid to avoid relegation.

Karanka paid the price for Boro's fall into the relegation zone after a run of 10 league games without a win.

"Both parties have agreed that it is in the best interests of the club to make this change," a statement on Middlesbrough's website read.

Karanka's assistant Steve Agnew steps up to take control of first-team affairs ahead of Sunday's league clash against Manchester United. - AFP

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