Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka is thought to be on the brink as the club’s manager, according to reports from The Telegraph.
The Reds threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Norwich City earlier this afternoon and reputable journalist John Percy from The Telegraph believes a change could be close.
A goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time meant that Forest had to settle for a share of the spoils at Carrow Road and saw the Reds drop down the tenth in the Championship.
Karanka has been tasked with promotion to the top flight this season and was given a substantial budget to spend during the summer.
The club signed 17 new players in an attempt to bolster the squad but this evening’s reports claim that Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis is considering a change at the helm.
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Forest are just three points off the top six and should the axe fall on Karanka it would represent a genuine surprise.
Prior to the Boxing Day draw, the Reds had failed to score a single goal for three games; with the club’s hierarchy now said to be considering a change, according to The Telegraph.
The Seat Pitch Verdict
Sacking Karanka at this stage of the season would represent complete and utter madness.
After years of turmoil both on and off the pitch, it is bound to take time for the Forest boss to get things moving in the right direction.
The Reds are still just three points off the top six in the Championship and with January on the horizon, Forest are still finely poised for a tilt at the playoffs.
Fans sang Karanka’s name frequently in East Anglia and it is safe to presume that any decision to sack the Spaniard wouldn’t be popular with the supporters.
Promotion has clearly been the remit provided to Karanka by the board but any decision that involves making a change should be made at the end of the campaign.