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Karanka on the brink

Aitor Karanka is facing mounting player unrest at Nottingham Forest as he clings to his job.

Forest have not won in four Championship games after throwing away a 3-0 lead with 14 minutes remaining to draw at Norwich, writes James Nursey.

It has left Forest tenth in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Millwall.Controversial Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis’ patience is wearing thin after spending £25million on 17 new players this summer to bankroll a promotion push.

Authoritarian ex-Middlesbrough coach Karanka, in charge since January, is also facing growing dressing room dissent following the Carrow Road debacle.

This includes senior players being fuming by his decision to replace two-goal Matty Cash with Portuguese winger Gil Dias in the 83rd minute.

Dias promptly made two howlers in injury-time which allowed Onel Hernandez to score twice as first Dias was skinned and then mis-hit a clearance.

Under-pressure Karanka, 45, is likely to get Saturday’s game at Millwall with his side just three points off sixth.

But Marinakis, who has gone through 12 managers in eight years at his Greek club Olympiakos, is believed to be considering other options including Slavisa Jokanovic and Martin O’Neill.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Nottingham Forest Manager Aitor Karanka during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road on December 26, 2018 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
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