Nottingham Forest have become the latest club to undergo a manager search as they’ve confirmed they have parted way with Aitor Karanka after a year in charge.
The Spaniard resigned this morning after intense speculation around his future at the club. One report from the Telegraph suggests a lack of harmony between him and the club’s owners has contributed to the situation.
It leaves Forest looking for a new boss but not in terrible shape in the Championship. They’re currently seventh, only four points away from sixth-placed Derby County. There’s work to do if they’re going to mount a promotion challenge, but it isn’t beyond them to finish top six come May.
They need to make a wise choice now though, pick a manager capable of gelling the players quickly and ensuring they remain focused and heading in the right direction.
With that in mind, we’ve selected FOUR managers we think would be perfect for Forest right now…
Jokanovic is going to be the name on everyone’s lips over the coming days. The former Fulham boss is available and has a track record of getting teams promoted from this division. What’s not to like?
With almost every job that comes up there’s speculation the Serbian will be taking the role, but this one must surely appeal. There’s many similarities between the two clubs, including budget and expectation and he’s one surely in the frame.
Interestingly, he turned down an approach by Stoke City recently. Did he know something we didn’t?
Here’s a name not in the frame, but it should be. Garry Monk has worked wonders at Birmingham and he’s got to be right up there as one of the best managers in the Championship.
Leeds and Boro were bad career moves, but he didn’t flop at either. Boro acted rashly in pulling the trigger, Leeds were a basket case the whole time. In a stable club with some funds to spend, Monk will be a huge success.
The 44-year old began managing at just 27 and cites Monaco as one of his former clubs. That in itself is interesting, but there’s a spell in Greece that makes this a likely move.
He was with Olympiacos for a while, winning the Greek Super League and Greek Cup double. He knows the chairman and might be able to forge a better relationship than Karanka ever did.
The greatest manager Forest never had, could he be about to make a comeback to the club that made him?
As a player he won European trophies with Forest. He’s out of work currently having most recently been with Eire, but he’s one they have to consider. He knows the club and it’s culture and if the board want the fans onside, he might be a good way of achieving it.