Former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka is due to jet in to the UK within the next 48 hours to finalise paperwork with Nottingham Forest, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon that Karanka, 44, has been offered the job to succeed Mark Warburton at the City Ground and as he is currently in his native Spain with an ill family member, he will have to fly to the UK over the coming days.
It is understood that the European boss could be in charge for Saturday’s return to Championship action against Midlands rivals Aston Villa at the City Ground.
Understand #nffc have offered former #boro boss Aitor Karanka the manager’s job at the City Ground. Karanka is currently in Spain, where a family member is sick, but he is due to fly back to England in the next 48 hours, to finalise terms. Could be in charge for Saturday v #avfc
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) January 8, 2018
Karanka has been out of work since he was sacked by Middlesbrough in March of last year.
The former Real Madrid assistant manager led Boro to the Premier League in what was his only job in permanent manager, however the good times did not last too long as the Spaniard failed to keep the north-east side afloat in the top-flight.
Football Insider verdict
Karanka will be a brilliant appointment for Nottingham Forest and will be a breath of fresh air after Warburton left and took his one-dimensional football with him. Karanka likes to build his teams up from the back, which is good considering that Forest have the likes of Joe Worrall to help structure a team around. The ex-Middlesbrough boss importantly knows how to get a mid-table Championship side to the Premier League, and that is no doubt what the Forest board will want most. This is Evangelos Marinakis’ first change of management in the East Midlands, and it looks to be a very good one.
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