Nottingham Forest have held “initial discussions” with Aitor Karanka over the managerial vacancy at the City Ground, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Karanka, 44, is being considered by the Forest board to replace Mark Warburton, who was sacked on New Years’ Eve after losing to Sunderland less than 24 hours earlier.
However it is understood that the Reds are yet to gauge whether or not the Spanish manager would be interested in taking up the reigns in the East Midlands with talks now underway.
As a result, Forest do not appear to be putting all their eggs in one basket with Karanka, as the report adds that Barnsley manager Paul Heckinbottom also has his admirers at the two-times European Cup winners.
European boss Karanka has been out of work since being sacked by Middlesbrough in March.
He led the Teessiders to promotion to the Premier League in 2015/16 but was axed less than a year later after failing to establish them in the top-flight.
The Spaniard was Real Madrid assistant manager for three years before moving to England.
Football Insider verdict
It seems Nottingham Forest have not waited around before sounding out Karanka as a potential replacement for Warburton. This will be Evangelos Marinakis’ first time in trying to get a new manager at the East Midlands club since his takeover so it will be very interesting to see how long it takes, what sort of names get linked and how long he gives that manager. The Reds have chopped and changed bosses over the past few years under Fawaz Al-Hasawi and Warbuton was an appointment by him. It seems that the ex-Rangers boss wasn’t that fancied by Marinakis and his board, which led to his sacking despite their solid mid-table league position.
In other Nottingham Forest news, the odds have been dramatically slashed on this new favourite in the running to take over at the City Ground.