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‘It has to be Jokanovic’ – The ideal Aitor Karanka replacement at Nottingham Forest: Opinion



What a January it has been already with plenty of changes being made both in player personnel and in the dugout as well. 

This week saw Gary Rowett sacked as Stoke City manager to be replaced by Luton Town boss Nathan Jones, and now Nottingham Forest have joined the party with Aitor Karanka quitting as manager at the City Ground.

The Spaniard took over just over a year ago, arriving on January 8, 2018, after the sacking of Mark Warburton, but has today asked to leave his role as Forest boss after days of talks with the Forest owners.

The Reds currently sit in seventh place, just four points behind arch-rivals Derby County who occupy the final play-off spot, but have won just once in their last six.

It is believed that the Karanka and the board did not see eye-to-eye on a number of issues and the hunt will now commence to find his replacement.

But who should it be?

We discuss…

Alfie Burns 

“It has to be Slavisa Jokanovic, he’s the man to get this Forest squad into the top-six.

“For me, Karanka’s treatment is harsh, but if Forest get Jokanovic, I’d understand recent developments.

“His work with Fulham has been superb and he’d get the best out of that squad.”

Gary Hutchinson


“They won’t, but he’s the man that would lead them back to the Premier League.

“Look at his efforts with Birmingham.

“He’s a top manager in waiting.”

Jacob Potter

“They’ve got to go for Jokanovic.

“He’s proven in the Championship and would fit into Nottingham Forest perfectly.

“If he can replicate the success he brought to Fulham last season, then I have no doubt in saying that he would have the Reds finishing in the top six – at the very least.”

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