According to The Sun, Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka may be fired if his side fail to win tonight.
The Reds sit in 12th place in the Championship as they head to Bolton tonight, and the Spaniard will certainly be feeling the heat.
This would be a very foolish decision by owner Evangelos Marinakis for a number of reasons. Firstly, with a win tonight- which is perfectly plausible against 18th place Bolton- The Reds can be fired into the top six. They were in fifth place only a game ago, which goes to show how easily they can make their way back into the top six, or indeed the top two.
Secondly, the club brought in 17 players over the summer; it is going to take some time before the team gel properly. What would make this decision more bizarre is that the team looked to be coming into some serious form before losing to Norwich at the weekend.
Admittedly, Nottingham Forest had a slow start to the season, but they were unbeaten in 7 matches before The Canaries result. This, therefore, seems like an impulse decision based on one result, as it is clear that the club are going in the right direction. After all, The Reds have only lost two league games all season, which remains the joint fewest in the league. There’s no crisis at the club, but there would be if Karanka goes.
Finally, there is a lack of people crying out to replace Karanka. Marinakis will struggle to find a man of Karanka’s standard that would be willing to take on a club that will present the same problems that their predecessor had.
These knee-jerk reactions by owners rarely pay off when a team is going well, and Forest should avoid this at all costs.