Aitor Karanka has been confirmed as the next manager of Nottingham Forest after it emerged he was set to agree personal terms with the east midlands club and supporters are delighted.
The Guardian claimed that the deal between Forest and the Spaniard would be completed in the next 48-hours and the Reds hope to have their new boss in place ready for the visit of Aston Villa to the City Ground on Saturday.
However, shortly after this report the news was officially confirmed on the Nottingham Forest website.
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) January 8, 2018
Forest fans have been on social media to react to the latest managerial development, and here is what they have been saying:
This is refreshing to hear as the Rangers fans were definitely correct on Warburton. Bring it on!!!????
— Debs (@deblee_smith) January 8, 2018
Karanka – happy with that #nffc ????
— Simon Evans ???????? (@IamSimonEvans) January 8, 2018
Unbelievably buzzing for Karanka to be named the forest manager. That’s the most pragmatic managerial decision we have made probably in a decade #nffc
— Bradley (@BradleyWhite10) January 8, 2018
Hopefully with the Jose relationship we’ll get the choice of the Man United crop coming through which currently go elsewhere #nffc karanka
— Matt (@mattmeakin83) January 8, 2018
Absolutely Delighted with Karanka ???? #nffc
— Eggsy (@BrHeggs) January 8, 2018
Karanka best appointment of my generation ????
— Dangerous Dill (@dillon19nffc) January 8, 2018
The Reds have been in free fall of late, without a win in five games and defeat in three of those means that they have slumped to 14th in the table – now only eight points above the relegation zone.
The former Real Madrid defender has been out of the managerial hot seat ever since he was fired by Middlesbrough in March last year, after winning just four out of 27 games in the Premier League.
There was widespread opinion that the Spaniard was unlucky to have lost his role with the Teeside club after only gaining promotion from the Championship with Boro in 2015/16.
It’s been a busy 24 hours for Forest, who only knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup last night, and the announcement of Karanka as the new boss will bring yet more good news for the east Midlanders.
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