Sport FA Cup giantkillers Nottingham Forest appoint Karanka as new manager

23:56  08 january  2018
23:56  08 january  2018 Source:

Forest sack Warburton after Sunderland defeat

  Forest sack Warburton after Sunderland defeat After one win in seven Championship matches Mark Warburton has been sacked by Nottingham Forest.Nottingham Forest have sacked Mark Warburton less than 24 hours after their 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at the City Ground

Just days after a famous 4-2 victory dumped the FA Cup holders out of the competition, the Championship side have announced their new manager .

Aitor Karanka is set to be confirmed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest . Forest secured a memorable FA Cup victory over Arsenal on Sunday under academy manager Gary Brazil, and it is thought he could be involved in the first-team after Karanka ’s appointment .

Aitor Karanka Middlesbrough 12112016 © Provided by Goal Aitor Karanka Middlesbrough 12112016

After knocking holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup on Sunday, Nottingham Forest have appointed former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka as their new manager.

Forest stunned the Gunners in a 4-2 victory at the City Ground under the guidance of caretaker manager Gary Brazil, having parted company with Mark Warburton last month.

And Karanka, who led Boro to the Premier League in 2015-16, has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the two-time European champions, taking over with Forest 14th in the Championship.

"We are very pleased to have reached terms with Aitor Karanka to become the manager of Nottingham Forest," said chairman Nicholas Randall of the Spaniard, who left the Riverside Stadium in March as the Teessiders' Premier League return lasted just one season.

"He is an exceptional candidate who fully subscribes to the vision of the club's owners and board for the future of the club.

"I want to thank Gary Brazil, his staff and the players for their professionalism and loyalty in the last few days. In particular, the performance against Arsenal was truly outstanding and shows the potential of this fantastic club."

Forest visit Hull City in the next round of the FA Cup. Karanka's first task is Saturday's fixture with Aston Villa at the City Ground.

Arsenal predicted XI: Nottingham Forest (A) .
Arsenal travel to Championship club Nottingham Forest as they begin the defence of their FA Cup trophy having beat Chelsea in last seasons final. Arsenal have struggled on the road for large parts this season and this encounter will provide another tough test for Arsene Wenger’s men. The Gunners have got much bigger fish to fry this season but they will still name a strong XI in this match against the Championship side. Last time out Arsenal claimed a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at the Emirates thanks to a late Hector Bellerin strike which was much deserved and a vital result for the north London club ahead of another busy month which sees them also play in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. Arsenal will ring the changes in this encounter but we’ve predicted how Wenger will select his team against Nottingham Forest.


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