Report: Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka lined up for Spain job

Aitor Karanka, Manager of Middlesbrough smiles during the EFL Cup second round match between Fulham and Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on August 24, 2016 in London, England.

After just six months at Championship side Nottingham Forest, Aitor Karanka could reportedly get the biggest gig of his managerial career.

Aitor Karanka, Manager of Middlesbrough smiles during the EFL Cup second round match between Fulham and Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on August 24, 2016 in London, England.

In hindsight, perhaps Spain made a mistake sacking Julen Lopetegui on the verge of the World Cup.

La Roja travelled to Russia as one of the favourites after Lopetegui revitalised an uber-talented squad that had grown stale at the end of Vicente Del Bosque’s golden era.

But once it emerged that Lopetegui had agreed a deal to take over at Real Madrid after the tournament, the Spanish football federation took the brave decision to part company, only for the call to backfire spectacularly as Spain were dumped out by Russia in the round of 16.

Spain's coach Fernando Hierro shouts from the sideline during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1,...

Fernando Hierro took charge of his country at the World Cup but it seems that he was nothing more than an interim appointment. Spain are now looking for permanent successors and this could impact Nottingham Forest’s pre-season preparations.

El Mundo Deportivo report that Spanish football federation president Luis Rubiales has drawn up a list of potential candidates and among them is Forest manager Aitor Karanka.

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Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka celebrates following the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Brighton and Hove Albion at the Riverside Stadium on May 7, 2016 in...

The 44-year-old managed his country at U16 level between 2008 and 2010 before leaving to assist Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and it is understood that the decision makers believe he is the right kind of man to take the national team forward.

Also on the list are former Barcelona treble-winner Luis Enrique, Quique Sanches Flores and Pepe Mel. The latter two will be familiar to English football fans from their work at Watford and West Brom respectively.

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