Nottingham Forest’s decision to part company with Aitor Karanka has been described as the wrong one by Stephen Warnock, with the EFL on Quest pundit issuing a strong defence of the Spaniard.
Despite a summer overhaul of the playing squad and Forest subsequently forcing their way into play-off contention, Karanka left the City Ground earlier this month after weeks of uncertainty surrounding his future.
Warnock, speaking exclusively to FLW over the weekend, claimed that it was the wrong decision for him to leave and that he had plenty of time to oversee a serious assault on promotion.
“I don’t think it was the right decision for Karanka to leave personally, I think he was doing a good job,” the 37-year-old said.
“You are asked to get in the top-six, it doesn’t matter when you deliver that top-six as long as you’re there on the last game of the season.
“He still had plenty of time to get things right, he’d brought in a lot of new players so it was going to take time to try and transition them into his style of play.
“He was getting a lot of draws, but never on the side of getting battered and holding onto a game, they were always creating chances, they weren’t a negative team, they just weren’t putting chances away.
“I always felt he had the chance to turn that around. You see in the Championship so many times that a team can put a good run of results together and find themselves right up in the play-off or automatic places.
“I felt they were a team that could of done that.”
The play-offs and promotion are still a possibility under Martin O’Neill, Karanka’s successor, but the 66-year-old’s return to the City Ground wasn’t a memorable one.
Forest had sold-out Saturday’s home clash with Bristol City, but they were beaten 1-0 by the in-form Robins, whose matchwinner was Famara Diedhiou.
Next up for Forest is a clash with Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
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