Aston Villa have confirmed that they have brought in experienced coach Steve Agnew to the backroom staff from Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

The Villans revealed that they had secured the former Hull City coach, who worked with Villa boss Steve Bruce during his time as manager of the Tigers, via their official website, which states that he is to begin work with the Birmingham-based club immediately.

The former midfielder, now 52-years-old, has Premier League experience as a player, having turned out for the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City and Sunderland before hanging up his boots.

His coaching career began at north east side Gateshead, where he finished his playing career, before joining Middlesbrough’s academy and then Leeds United as reserve team manager.

After spells at Boro and Hull as assistant managers, he returned to the Riverside Stadium to work as assistant head coach under Aitor Karanka, helping the Spaniard lead the club to the Premier League after a seven-year absence, finishing in second place in the Championship.

In March 2017 he saw himself handed the reigns at the club in a caretaker manager’s role following the sacking of Karanka, his first match a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, and remained in charge until Garry Monk joined the club after leaving Leeds.

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