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Aitor Karanka wanted by Sporting Lisbon and Spartak Moscow

Aitor Karanka wanted by Sporting Lisbon and Spartak Moscow

Aitor Karanka is thought to be starting to come under pressure to find the results at Nottingham Forest this season.

The Tricky Trees’ owner Evangelos Marinakis is believed to be unhappy with the way his club have started their current campaign, as he wants to see the team challenging for a place in the Premier League.

The defeat to Burton Albion in the League Cup earlier in the week will not have helped Karanka’s standing, however, it appears that he has been attracting interest from other clubs in Europe.

According to a report by Calciomercato, both Sporting Lisbon and Spartak Moscow are considering a move for the under-fire manager.

The Portuguese outfit have decided to part company with Jose Peseiro following their own disappointing start to the season, just four months into his second spell with the club.

Sporting are also thought to have already initiated contact about a possible move and it is believed it would cost them less than 5million.

Spartak are also after a new manager following an abysmal campaign, with Massimo Carrera given his marching orders prior to their Europa League clash with Rangers.

The Verdict:

The pressure has certainly started to build on Karanka at the City Ground recently, especially with Marinakis’ alleged unhappiness.

Both Sporting and Spartak would bring their own pressures to their roles as they are well-supported clubs in their respective countries, however, a move to either of those could be too good to turn down.

It remains to be seen what will happen, but for the time being, he remains at Forest and will be looking for his side to put an embarrassing defeat to Burton behind them when they host the Championship leaders Sheffield United on Saturday.

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