Randall: Future bright under Karanka

09 January 2018 05:12:05 EST

Nottingham Forest chairman Nicholas Randall is confident new manager Aitor Karanka is the right man to lead the club to the Premier League after confirming his appointment.

The City Ground outfit have announced the Spaniard as Mark Warburton's full-time successor, the 44-year-old signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The former Middlesbrough boss is the 10th full-time manager Forest have had since getting rid of Billy Davies in 2011 with Warburton lasting just nine months in the role before he was axed in December.

Karanka, who has been out of work since being sacked by Middlesbrough in March 2017, will take charge of a Reds team that are 14th in the Championship, 11 points off the play-offs and at 2500/1 to be promoted this season.

Forest were given a much-needed boost at the weekend when they dumped FA Cup holders Arsenal out of the competition at the City Ground, and Randall is confident the ex-Real Madrid assistant can  keep the good times rolling when he takes charge of his first game on Saturday.

Randall said: "He is an exceptional candidate who fully subscribes to the vision of the club's owners and board for the future of the club. Our objective is clear: we want to continue building this fantastic football club and lead it to a bright future.

"The wonderful supporters of the club deserve success and a return to the Premier League. We are all working hard off the pitch to achieve this goal and we believe that Aitor will ensure that we can get the job done on the field of play."

Forest face Aston Villa on Saturday and are 21/10 for the win, with the Villians 31/20 and the draw 11/5.

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