Have Sporting Lisbon made decision that decides Aitor Karanka's Nottingham Forest fate?

Nottingham Forest fans gesture during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town at City Ground on May 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Nottingham Forest have underwhelmed in the Championship this season, with Aitor Karanka linked with the Sporting Lisbon job.

Aitor Karanka was all smiles at his first official press conference after being named as the new Nottingham Forest manager. Aitor Karanka Press Conference, The City Ground, Nottingham, UK,...

The last few weeks have seen speculation intensify over the future of Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka.

The Mail reported recently that Forest owner Evangelos Marinaks had travelled to England on the back of some underwhelming results. After spending £25 million on new talent over the summer, it is understood that Marinakis expected better from his side.

And, according to Calciomercato, Karanka had been identified as a possible replacement for the sacked Jose Peseiro at Sporting Lisbon.


The Portuguese giants were claimed to have initiated contact with the former Middlesbrough manager, and it would have cost less than £5 million to buy out his contract at the City Ground.

But it seems that Karanka is going nowhere just yet.

According to the National, Sporting Lisbon have now reached an agreement in principle with the Al Jazira boss Marcel Keizer and will pay the Arabian Gulf League outfit almost half a million in compensation.

Ajax's coach Marcel Keizer leaves after delivering a press conference in Amsterdam on December 8, 2017 ahead of his team's Dutch premier league football match against PSV.

The report adds that Sporting have turned to Keizer after missing out on Peter Bosz and former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer. The 49-year-old impressed in five months at Al Jazira and is best remembered for a brief six-month spell at Ajax in 2017, having earned rave reviews with the Amsterdam giants’ youth team.

This means that Karanka looks set to stay at Nottingham Forest for the time being.

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka

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