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Taking a look at... Nottingham Forest

How are Aitor Karanka's side shaping up ahead of the 2018-19 campaign?

25 July 2018

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We take a glance at how Nottingham Forest are shaping up ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2017-18?

After a fine start to the campaign under Mark Warburton, which saw Forest win three of their opening four league games, things tailed off and they went on to win one of their next six league games following this. Inconsistency crept in for Warburton's new look side and before long they were looking over their shoulder rather than peeking at the play-offs. Warburton was ultimately replaced by Aitor Karanka and there was an improvement, with the Spaniard taking the club clear of any danger to finish 12 points above the drop zone. The club will be aiming for much better in 2018-19.

A BIT ABOUT THE BOSS

Someone who knows what it takes to get out of the Championship, Aitor Karanka was appointed Forest boss midway through last season. The Spaniard previously spent an enjoyable four years at Middlesbrough and took the Teessiders to the Premier League during his time at the Riverside. Karanka got his break in management during his time in charge of Spain Under-16s back in 2008, where he worked with Real Madrid playmaker Isco. After two years with the youngsters, he departed to become Jose Mourinho's assistant at Real Madrid. As a player, Karanka played once for Spain and played for Real Madrid - where he won three Champions League trophies and a La Liga title - and Athletic Bilbao, before hanging up his boots after a spell with Colorado Rapids in the USA.

WHAT'S THE GROUND LIKE?

Opened in 1898, the City Ground has been Nottingham Forest's only home and can hold just over 30,000 supporters. Rovers fans will be housed in a part of the Bridgford Stand of the stadium, which can accomodate up to 2,000 away fans.

THE LAST TIME WE LOCKED HORNS

Tommie Hoban's second half header was all it took to separate the two teams as Rovers ran out 1-0 winners at the City Ground in April 2017.

WHO'S PLAYED FOR BOTH?

Striker Andy Cole is a former Rovers and Forest player ending his career with his hometown club in 2008. Going further back, John Curtis is another to have represented both clubs, as is Matt Derbyshire. Elliott Ward and Todd Kane are others who have plyed their trade for the Tricky Trees and Rovers.

FAMOUS FANS

Cricketers Stuart Broad and Samit Patel are big Forest fans and so is the politician Ken Clarke. Boxer Carl Froch, who fought in front of more than 80,000 at Wembley Stadium is another supporter of the club, and the sports stars continue, with well known golfer Lee Westwood another Forest fan.


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