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Karanka on joining The Reds

10 January 2018

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Aitor Karanka says he waited for the right job to return to management and believes he has found it at Nottingham Forest.

The Spaniard was appointed as the club's new manager on Monday and took his first training session this morning ahead of Saturday's game against Aston Villa.

Speaking to iFollow Forest, Karanka said he is excited to begin the challenge at The City Ground.

"It is an honour to be here as everybody knows the history of this club," he said. "I have been waiting to take the right job; I didn't want to make a mistake and rush into something. I created my career step by step, the first step was really good and I had no doubt that Forest, for me, was the next step.

"The history, the crowd, the facilities – everything is perfect here. There is a great history at this club – it is not easy to win the European Cup. To work at a club that has two of them is really nice.

"The owner, the CEO and the Chairman, they have shown that they wanted me and from the first meeting it was clear that they wanted to create a nice project here because they know how big this club is."

Karanka, who has previously managed Middlesbrough and also been assistant manager at Real Madrid, knows how much of a role the supporters can play in helping The Reds achieve success.

He said: "The City Ground has an amazing atmosphere. The supporters and people who follow Forest are amazing; to have more than 25,000 people at The City Ground in the Championship is really important and I want them to be part of us.

"In Spain we say they are the number 12, but sometimes they are number one. We will have good moments and bad moments, but the main message for them is that we need to stay together as that is the only way we are going to be successful. I know that is the case in every single club, but this one more than any other."

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