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Thursday 25 May 2017

Joe Jordan joins Middlesbrough coaching staff

Former Scotland striker Joe Jordan has been drafted in to assist caretaker boss Steve Agnew at Middlesbrough
Former Scotland striker Joe Jordan has been drafted in to assist caretaker boss Steve Agnew at Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough have announced former Scotland striker Joe Jordan has joined the Premier League club to help caretaker boss Steve Agnew.

The Teessiders parted company with head coach Aitor Karanka on Thursday, placing a ssistant Agnew in charge of first-team affairs as he prepares the players for Sunday's Premier League clash with Manchester United at the Riverside Stadium.

Agnew has now turned to 65-year-old Jordan, who worked alongside Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur and QPR, to give him some guidance for the challenges ahead.

Middlesbrough also confirmed goalkeeping coach Marcos Abad, analysts Juanjo Vila and Guillermo Salinas had all now left the club "as part of a backroom re-shuffle."

Former Boro skipper Nigel Pearson has been installed as the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Karanka.

However, chairman Steve Gibson may yet decide to leave Agnew at the helm for the final 11 games of the campaign as they look to stave off the threat of relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship.

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