Nottingham Forest close in on Aitor Karanka appointment

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 January 2018, 15:35

Nottingham Forest’s week long search for a new manager could be coming to an end after Aitor Karanka was cut to just 1/20 in the betting on Monday afternoon.

Nottingham Forest have since appointed Karanka on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

In the aftermath of Mark Warburton’s New Year's Eve sacking it was Karanka who emerged as the hot odds-on favourite for the Championship post, however the former Middlesbrough manager then drifted as far out to 20/1, as the likes of Paul Heckingbottom, Nigel Clough and Gus Poyet took over the top echelons of the market.

On Sunday Forest’s caretaker boss Gary Brazil, in his third spell, conjured up a stunning 4-2 victory over Arsenal as he became the first manager to ever defeat Arsene Wenger in the FA Cup third round.

Despite the stunning victory Brazil insisted that he didn’t want the job on a permanent basis, telling the Nottingham Post:

“Whoever does come in; whoever takes this job on - it is a really nice project with a good, fit squad to work with.

“It is a lucky person who will take this job on. It is not going to be me.

The job now looks to be going to Karanka who has been out of action since losing his job at Middlesbrough back in March, with the club then relegated under interim boss Steve Agnew.

Karanka may have endured a disappointing end to his Boro tenure, but he can still look back on a successful spell, during which he led the Riverside outfit into the Premier League.

Prior to this post he was Jose Mourinho’s assistant at Real Madrid, where he helped the Spanish giants win La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana.

Should Karanka, who lives in Yorkshire, be named as Warburton’s replacement ahead of the weekend, then his first match at the helm could well be Saturday’s clash at home to Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa (5.30pm, Sky Sports).

At the time of writing Forest are 14th in the Championship, 11 points adrift of the play-offs and eight points above the drop zone.

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