Aitor Karanka has been in charge of Nottingham Forest for a few months now and, as this season comes to an end, he’s beginning to plan for the summer.
This weekend’s 2-1 win against manager-less Ipswich was the first win for Forest in seven games and Karanka acknowledges something must change if he’s to move the club forward.
“I think so. I need to change the quality, I need to change the personality,” he told the Nottingham Post. “I need to change a lot of things, because a lot of different things have happened in the last two or three months. I need to understand that as soon as possible and to try to change those things.”
Picking up the broken pieces of Mark Warburton’s reign hasn’t been easy and Forest look resigned to a bottom half finish this season, but the former Boro boss is already looking ahead to his first full campaign in charge.
“Next season will be my first full season and I do not want go into it, with the things I do not like now. I do have an idea of what I want to do in my mind. I have had that in my mind since I arrived here.”
Forest have four games left and could mathematically finish as high as 12th this season, but the next four games are about much more the league placing for some players. Confirming one who will be staying, Karanka underlined what the final games mean for many in the squad.
“Tobias, we can more or less confirm that he will be here. The rest of them, they will tell me if they want to be here or not. If they think about staying here and they play in the right way in the next three or four games – and we can agree something with their clubs – we will sign them.”
It may well have been a lukewarm end to the season, but Aitor Karanka is a manager who gets things done and there’s little doubt he’ll be reshaping the squad in the summer.
It’s an exciting time to be a Forest fan, his experience will undoubtedly bring in quality players who want to perform for the club. Anyone who awakens Forest from their current slumber will be a hero in the East Midlands and Karanka certainly has the attributes to do just that.
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