1. ITV Report

Agnew: players experience will help us achieve promotion to the Premier League next season

Middlesbrough Head Coach Steve Agnew has revealed he hasn't spoken to the club's owner Steve Gibson about his future.

Boro head to Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool on Sunday in their final Premier League game of the season, before next season's return to the Championship.

Agnew says he's really enjoyed the "huge challenge" of being in charge of the club but added that no decision has been made yet on his future.

We haven’t had discussions yet. The Chairman is the best because he allows you to get on with the job.

I’m sure we will speak at some point, but I don’t know when.

Over the past few years, the football club has had a very good, tight dressing room.

That’s been evident with getting promoted, and it’s what creates a hard-working and successful environment. That’s what we have to get back to, to hit the ground running next season. The core group has played a lot of Championship games and had success. We need experienced campaigners and to bring some hungry, committed players in as well.”

– Steve Agnew, Middlesbrough interim head coach

The Boro Head Coach revealed he's been left disappointed by the club's relegation to the Championship.

Agnew was placed in charge following Aitor Karanka's departure as Middlesbrough manager.

Meanwhile, Boro striker Patrick Bamford understands Middlesbrough fans' anger at what has been an underwhelming campaign.

The striker scored for Boro in their 1-2 loss at the Riverside against Southampton in their final home match of the season last weekend.

Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

It's hard but you understand in a way as well because obviously Middlesbrough is such a massive club and it is obviously not nice for anyone that we're getting relegated.

The fans are entitled to voice their opinion. It is obviously hard. I've been a fan once upon a time when I was young at Nottingham Forest and you get frustrated when you're watching and things aren't going the way you want them to.

I totally understand. Obviously it is hard as a player but it's one of those things you've got to get on with."

– Patrick Bamford, Middlesbrough striker