Nottingham Forest supporters have taken to social networking site Twitter to plead with the club to make big changes this summer following an official list of the players retained from the 2017/18 campaign.
The former Middlesbrough boss has a big job on his hands as he took over an unbalanced squad in desperate need of a shake-up and ultimately improvement in several key areas.
Forest have opted to release just four of their senior first-team squad with Chris Cohen retiring, Jack Hobbs and David Vaughan seeing their contract expire and the forgotten Ashkan Dejagah moving on.
While the rest seemingly have a contract at the City Ground beyond the summer of 2018, a number of Forest supporters were hoping the club would come to some sort of agreement which would see more leave.
There are several players who are simply not good enough to play a part in a Championship promotion challenge, while others are clearly not in Karanka’s plans for one reason or another.
Commenting on Twitter, many supporters have cited the need for a drastic summer of change to the playing personnel with some fans calling for at least another six or seven players they need to move on.
Still another 6 or 7 players from that list I'd like to see moved on.— Colm O'Sullivan (@colombo1865) May 16, 2018
And I would sell 14 of those players from the full squad.— Chris (@chrisredone) May 15, 2018
There is some work to do yet with that squad. Will be a busy summer.— PJ Sweeney (@pjsweeney3) May 16, 2018
My god we need a clearout, easily 10+ players— Joe (@Beekstarr) May 15, 2018
Not the cull we were expecting.— Kevin Stokes (@KevinStokes0510) May 15, 2018
Actualky only 12, would be a bit kinder. Would get rid of Clough, Cummings, Henderson, Lam, Mancienne, Smith, Murphy, McKay, Traore, Vellios, Walker, Ward.— Chris (@chrisredone) May 15, 2018
We've got so much dead wood to get rid of :-(— Luke Webster (@LukeWebster94) May 15, 2018
Karanka brought in as many as seven new players during the January transfer window, and it could take a similar influx of players this summer to piece together a squad capable of challenging for the playoffs.
The Spaniard will be well aware of what he needs to rebuild the team, but it's questionable what type of budget he will be given and whether he will be able to get rid of several underperforming players who are clearly out of favour.
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