Nottingham Forest Part Company with Aitor Karanka
Nottingham Forest and Aitor Karanka have parted company this morning, after weeks of speculation surrounding his future at the club. The official press release states that Karanka has asked to be releaed from his contract, something the club have agreed to, although it is unknown what kind of conversations have been had behind closed doors. The 45 year old leaves the club in 7th position in the Championship, just four points off the playoff places and there was no doubt that if the club could pick things up in the month of January, a promotion push awaited them, though Karanka will now not be there to oversee it.
There were many fans who didn't want Karanka in charge of the club as they felt they were underachieving under him, despite being so high in the league. Prior to their win over Leeds on New Year's Day, Forest had not won any of their last four games, which is a very poor run with so many good teams in contention at the top of the league. They are four points off the playoffs right now, and with a better run just before Christmas they would surely have been in them at this stage.
The club are going to have to work hard to find the right man quickly if they do not want to disrupt their promotion push, although convincing someone to come to the club may be made a little more difficult due to their track record with managers. The new appointment, whoever it is, will be their 11th new manager since 2011, which is a very concerning stat for the fans and something that prospective managers will certainly look at.
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Forest head to Reading this weekend, a club who are second from bottom and one they should be beating. First team coach Simon Ireland will be in charge of them at the game, and they are priced up at 23/20 to take all three points from the game and win their second league game in a row. Reading are in desperate need of the points themselves to aid their relegation fight and they are available at 13/5 in what is sure to be an intriguing encounter on Saturday.