Change is once again coming to the City Ground after the announcement that Aitor Karanka has left for pastures new, the Spaniard lasting slightly less than a year in the post. His final match in charge of the Tricky Trees was an FA Cup defeat to Premier League side Chelsea in the FA Cup, the side having beaten Championship leaders Leeds United 4-2 just a few days earlier to move to within four points of the top-six in the division. First-team coach Simon Ireland has been placed in temporary charge while a successor to Karanka can be found, however the leading bookmakers have installed former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic as frontrunner to take over at the City Ground, some firms going as low as 5/4 that the 50-year-old finds himself in the Forest hot-seat.
Martin O’Neill is some way behind in second place in the outright betting at 6/1, the former Ireland national coach certain to be a favourite amongst fans given his reputation as a player at the City Ground. The top-three contenders are completed by Nigel Clough, the Burton Albion manager a possibility to follow in his father’s footsteps and possibly take the Tricky Trees to bigger things.
With things going pretty well at Forest right now – attendances soaring and the side within four points of a play-off berth – recent events have been surprising to say the least, however the bookies have been very quick to install Jokanovic as favourite to take over with around 38% of all the money thus far heading towards the Serb being appointed as manager.