With the departure of Aitor Karanka, Steve Agnew became Middlesbrough's interim manager - leading to a mix-up between him and the leader of Northern Ireland's Green Party, also named Steven Agnew.


The politician humoured the jokes at the start, engaging in Boro-related tweets, which only led to one or two fans seeming to take him seriously. 

Explaining his tweets, Agnew told the ​Gazette: "I was congratulated by a few friends when Steve Agnew was appointed. The jokes were fairly mundane and predictable, but it was a bit of light entertainment.


"It turned a bit bizarre when a few Middlesbrough fans started tweeting me about the upcoming game. I thought I’d play along, clearly most were in on the joke but I think one or two thought I was their new manager.


"I joked that I would put Negredo in nets so he’d score more," Agnew added.

The actual Steven Agnew wasn't in such high spirits on Sunday after suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United. The loss leaves Boro five points away from getting out of the relegation zone, having racked up just 22 points so far this season.


One positive for the Yorkshire club was that they managed to score a league goal - their first since January 31st - which gave them a much-needed confidence boost until a Victor Valdes slip gifted Antonio Valencia with the chance to wrap the game up.

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The win took United above Arsenal into fifth as they continue their chase for a place in the top four. Jose Mourinho's men will face Tony Pulis' West Brom, who just beat Arsenal 3-1, after the international break.


Boro, on the other hand, will take on Swansea City and then Hull City after the international fixtures in two games that will most likely decide their fate as relegation back to the Championship looks increasingly likely.