Aitor Karanka has been appointed as the new Nottingham Forest manager, replacing Mark Warburton who was dismissed last month after only nine months at the helm.

The 44-year-old Spaniard was sacked by former club Middlesbrough back in March last year after a string of disappointing results led to Middlesbrough’s relegation to the Championship after only one season back in the top-flight of English football.

On the appointment of Aitor Karanka as the new permanent manager, the club’s chairman Nicholas Randall QC was quoted as saying:

 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 the Board for the future of the club.

Karanka‘s first game in charge of Forest will be their upcoming Championship fixture on Saturday 13th January where they will face Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa side at the City Ground, with Karanka hoping to get his reign off to a flying start by grabbing all three points against the opposition.