Date: 8th January 2018 at 7:51pm
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This last hour Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Aitor Karanka as the new manager of the club.

The 44 year old has been appointed on a two and a half year deal this evening, as clearly distance negotiations sorted themselves out incredibly quickly given the news earlier this season.

Having been appointed as manager of Middlesbrough back in November 2013, he led them to promotion to the Premier League but they were unable to survive before dropping back down to the Championship.

His managerial career began as the coach of Spain’s Under 16 side before being named as Real Madrid’s assistant manager in June 2010, where he worked under Jose Mourinho and the two have remained close friends since.

In his playing days he represented Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid, lifting three Champions League titles whilst at the Bernabeu.

Speaking to the Official Forest Site as his appointment was confirmed, Chairman Nicholas Randall QC explained.

‘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. 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.’

He added.

‘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.’

With Karanka still in Spain he should be officially unveiled within the next 24/48 hours and he will take charge of his first game this weekend as we host Aston Villa.

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