Nottingham Forest name former Real Madrid assistant as new manager

Aitor Karanka

Nottingham Forest have a new manager after confirming that Aitor Karanka has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The news comes after the Reds’ heroics in beating Arsenal in the FA Cup Third Round at the weekend.

Karanka, 44, was appointed as the manager of Middlesbrough in November 2013 and he went on to lead Boro back to the Premier League. He began his managerial career as the coach of Spain Under-16s before being named as Real Madrid’s assistant manager in June 2010, where he worked under José Mourinho. In his playing days, he turned out for Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid and a glittering playing career saw him lift three Champions League titles with Real Madrid.

“We are very pleased to have reached terms with Aitor Karanka to become the manager of Nottingham Forest. He is an exceptional candidate who fully subscribes to the vision of the club’s owners and Board for the future of the club,” said Nicholas Randall QC, Nottingham Forest chairman.

“Our objective is clear: we want to continue building this fantastic football club and lead it to a bright future. The wonderful supporters of the club deserve success and a return to the Premier League. We are all working hard off the pitch to achieve this goal and we believe that Aitor will ensure that we can get the job done on the field of play.

“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.”

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