Steve Agnew

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Steve Agnew
Personal information
Full name Stephen Mark Agnew
Date of birth (1965-11-09) 9 November 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Shipley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
(Assistant manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1991 Barnsley 194 (29)
1991–1993 Blackburn Rovers 2 (0)
1992 Portsmouth (loan) 5 (0)
1993–1995 Leicester City 56 (4)
1995–1998 Sunderland 63 (9)
1998–2001 York City 81 (4[1])
2001–2002 Gateshead 35 (4)
Teams managed
2010 Middlesbrough (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen Mark "Steve" Agnew (born 9 November 1965 in Shipley, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English former professional footballer and assistant Head Coach at Championship side Middlesbrough.

As a player he was a midfielder from 1983 to 2002, notably in the Premier League from Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City and Sunderland. He also played in the Football League for Barnsley, Portsmouth and York City before finishing his career in Non-league with Gateshead.

Club career[edit]

Agnew started his career at Barnsley, staying there for eight years after turning professional and playing more than 200 times. He was sold to Blackburn Rovers for £700,000 in June 1991 — making him the Ewood Park club's most costly signing at the time, just after wealthy owner Jack Walker bought the club. His spell at Blackburn was unsuccessful, only making four appearances before he joined Portsmouth on loan and then Leicester City permanently in the 1992–93 season, when Rovers were in the new FA Premier League and Leicester were challenging for promotion from Division One. During his time at Blackburn, the club earned promotion to the new Premier League, but Agnew's part in the success was a minimal one as the attention was focused on big-money new signings such as Mike Newell and Roy Wegerle and later Alan Shearer and Stuart Ripley. One of Agnew's most memorable nights in a Leicester City shirt was Thursday, 15 April 1993, when Leicester beat Millwall 3–0. Agnew scored and was sent off. Agnew "reacted angrily to a heavy challenge by Andy Roberts. At least a dozen players jostled each other as police, stewards and the respective managers tried to restore order. Agnew, who had already been cautioned, appeared to lash out at a Millwall player, leaving Mr Parker no option other than to reach for red. Millwall tried hard to exploit their numerical advantage, only for the home side to score again through David Oldfield." He was part of the Leicester team which won promotion to the Premier League as Division One playoff winners in 1994.[2]

Agnew then moved up the country to Sunderland, helping them win promotion to the Premier League as Division One champions in 1996, although they went down after just one season, and in 1998, he signed for York City, and despite his efforts the Bootham Crescent side were unable to avoid relegation from Division Two in the 1998–99 season. Agnew spent the 2001–02 season playing for Gateshead, where he finished his playing days.

Managerial and coaching career[edit]

In February 2002 Agnew moved into coaching, becoming assistant manager of Gateshead to Gary Gill.[3] Both he and Gill resigned from Gateshead after the playing budget was cut in early October 2002.[4]

Agnew continued his coaching at the Middlesbrough Academy and then joined Leeds United as Reserve Team Manager in 2004. Agnew left the club to become assistant manager at Hartlepool United on 23 June 2005. However, in 2006, Agnew quit his position at Hartlepool and rejoined Leeds as Under 18's manager.

He rejoined Middlesbrough as reserve team coach on 23 January 2007. He was promoted to assistant manager on 7 July 2008, following the departure of Steve Harrison.[5] On 18 October 2010 he was put in temporary charge of first team matters following the resignation of Gordon Strachan.[6] On 29 June 2012 it was announced that Agnew had taken up the post of assistant manager at Hull City.[7]

On 23 December 2014, it was announced that Agnew had joined Middlesbrough as assistant head coach.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Agnew's nephew Jordan Rhodes is also a footballer, and currently plays for Blackburn Rovers.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Steve Agnew". Soccerbase. Retrieved 7 July 2007. 
  2. ^ Shaw, Phil (15 April 1993). "Football: Leicester maul Millwall". The Independent (London). 
  3. ^ "Proudlock sad to depart Gateshead". (Non-League Today). 11 February 2002. Retrieved 1 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Moreland, Bob (4 October 2002). "Double quit blow". Sunday Sun (ncjMedia). Retrieved 1 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Harrison leaves Boro". Sky Sports. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Gordon Strachan resigns as manager of Middlesbrough". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "New Staff Announcement". The Tigers Official Website (Hull City A.F.C.). 29 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Steve Agnew takes Middlesbrough assistant head coach role". BBC Sport (BBC). 23 December 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

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