According to The Nottingham Post, senior figures at Nottingham Forest were planning on replacing Aitor Karanka with Atromitos Athens boss Damir Canadi, before The Reds’ victory over Leeds.
Forest were without a win in their previous five games, and were plummeting down the Championship table, before their fixture with league leaders Leeds, but the 4-2 is likely to keep the Spaniard in a job for now.
The Reds’ fans should be rejoicing at this result, as not only does it boost Forest back into seventh place in the league, but it avoids the potential disaster of Canadi’s appointment. While the Austrian is doing remarkably well in Greece with Astromitos, it would still be a risk appointing a man with no managerial experience in the Championship, particularly as Forest still have a very realistic chance of making the top six this season and even earning promotion.
What this appointment could have signified, is owner Evangelos Marinakis trying to save Olympiacos, the other club in which he owns. Atromitos are currently in third place, nipping at the heels of second place Olympiacos in the Greek Superleague, and by signing their manager for Forest, it could scupper their campaign.
While that may have benefited Olympiacos, it certainly would not have benefited Nottingham Forest, who are only four points behind sixth place Derby in the Championship. The wheels could come undone with a overhaul of this nature which could have had disastrous ramifications. This victory against Leeds looks to have meant more than just three points.