Aitor Karanka is the right choice for Nottingham Forest, and here is why!

Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka is a good choice for Nottingham Forest, and this is why!

Aitor Karanka was Jose Mourinho’s  No.2 at Real Madrid, not long ago. He than decided to go his own way as a manager and here he is, at the helm of Nottingham Forest.

Karanka wanted to take on “a good project in England” after his story ended at Middlesbrough, and he got it.

Karanka was sacked at Middlesbrough in March, having led the club back into the Premier League a year ago.

Forest sacked Mark Warburton right at the end of the year, due to poor results along with poor morale, and everything else that comes with bad form.

So, Nottingham Forest decided that they are going to appoint Karanka and make him their main man.


Karanka has proved that he is an excellent manager in the Championship. He can get teams organized and hard to beat. Aitor can also build them, so that they can make the crucial progress into the bigger competition.

He made a great job at Middlesbrough, taking over a club that was trapped in the mediocrity of the Championship ever since their relegation from the Premier League in 2009.

He had a difficult job at Boro to change the culture of the club, its playing staff and depressing fan base, all the while getting positive results.

He achieved all that and brought Boro back in the Premier League.

If Karanka proved anything at Boro is that he could manage effectively a Championship club that has plenty of problems and Forest is definitely that kind of club.


Nottingham Forest isn’t a rich. Well not Championship club isn’t really rich, but Forest need a manager that will make the most from existing players, than someone who will bring in new ones.

Now, Karanka’s best attribute was getting the most out of the players that were already playing for Middlesbrough at the time. It seemed that this was the quality he “got” from Mourinho.

Players like Gibson, Ayala, and Adomah showed incredible improvement, to the point of Boro becoming one of the best teams in Championship, and Karanka can get a similar improvement at Nottingham.

Its true that Karanka will have to bring some players in, but the fact is that he will improve the existing players is one of his best attributes.


Karanka guided Middlesbrough to the Premier League as second placed team in 2016, having started managing the club three years earlier.

When Karanka first started managing Middlesbrough, the club was in a sad state. It had poor attendance, while fans didn’t think the club was heading forward.

Well, Karanka eventually changed that. He even brought the club back to the Premier League, which was something truly remarkable at the time.

Sadly, the club lacked the funds to stay in the Premier League, but that was Boro.

Basically, Middlesbrough’s status wasn’t much different from Nottingham Forest is. Its true that they beat Arsenal in the FA Cup, but that’s just one of the rare positives this season.

They desperately need a manager that could bring them together, and make Forest going for the Premier League again, and in Karanka they got that kind of manager.


Aitor Karanka is the right manager for Nottingham Forest, because he has the right experience in the Championship, he can bring the most from existing players and he can bring Forest back to the Premier League.

Its true that Karanka made some mistakes, which eventually got him sacked from Middlesbrough, but he is definitely the right man to put Nottingham Forest back on track.

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