Former Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka is back in football as the new manager of La Liga outfit Granada. The Spaniard won’t take charge of a game until tonight but already his job has become more difficult.

Karanka checked in on Monday and by the end of the day, Granada has slipped from 16th to 17th in the La Liga table. After Mallorca’s 2-1 win last night, they’ve now tumbled into the relegation zone and the boss must get to work.

He takes his new charges to Atletico Madrid this evening. After that games against Celta Vigo, Mallorca, Athletic Bilbao, Real Betis and Espanyol are on the horizon.

First training session of Aitor Karanka as the new manager of Granada CF
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Karanka last worked when he was tasked with reviving the fortunes of Birmingham. He was sacked in March 2021 after winning just eight of the 38 matches he oversaw in the second city.

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His record at Forest wasn’t much better. He spent just over a year in charge of Forest, winning 16 of his 52 matches with a win percentage of 30%.

The manager does have some past glory to count upon. He helped Middlesbrough claim promotion to the Premier League during the 2015/16 campaign and won 80 of 171 matches at the Riverside Stadium.

Forest have moved on from Karanka and he faces thankless Granada task

Karanka grew frustrated with interference from upstairs when he was in charge of the club. Some of the stuff Forest played under him was good but his approach was very much a pragmatic one to say the very least.

Aitor Karanka is presented as the new manager of Granada CF in La Liga
(Photo; Álex Cámara; NurPhoto; Getty Images)

Highlights included a 4-4 draw with Aston Villa, a 4-2 win over Leeds United and a spending team goal during a 2-0 win over Ipswich at the City Ground. There were, however some drab performances, not least in the Carabao Cup when Forest were skittled out by Burton Albion.

Granada are akin to a sinking ship right now and they’re in big trouble. Results haven’t gone their way this week and slipping into the relegation zone will serve as a huge reminder of the task in hand.

Whether Karanka can keep his new club in La Liga remains to be seen.

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