Nottingham Forest legend Garry Birtles is worried for Aitor Karanka, as he takes on the managerial role in worrying times.
Karanka lost his first game in charge versus Aston Villa 1-0, and this has led the former Forest centre-forward to believe the Spanish manager is under pressure.
Speaking via the Nottingham Post, Birtles stated: “I don’t envy Aitor Karanka at the minute. He’s come in to Nottingham Forest at a really difficult time,
“Forest have got a tough run of games coming up and he’ll know that managers can quickly come under pressure if you don’t get some points on the board in your first few matches.”
Forest currently sit 15th in the Sky Bet Championship, and have to face the League Leaders Wolves in their next fixture.
Birtles does not think that there is an immediate issue however, due to the position that Forest currently find themselves in the league,
“There’s no need to panic, but because of the position Forest are in, a few games without a result and all of a sudden you are looking over your shoulder.”
But a relegation battle is something that the former Forest striker fears the most, as lots of teams in and around Forest are picking up points,
“Good teams are picking up points, so you can quickly be dragged into a battle at the wrong end of the table, like Forest were last season. And that’s the last thing they need.”
That is not out of the realms of possibility, however Forest are eight points clear of the drop zone as things stand.
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