The City Ground

New Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka will hold his first press conference today ahead of the club’s next game against Aston Villa.

The newly appointed manager has only been in the job for three days and said the role was “perfect” for him.

Speaking to iFollow Forest, he said: “It is an honour to be here as everybody knows the history of this club.

“I have been waiting to take the right job. The history, the crowd, the facilities – everything is perfect here.”

New Nottingham Forest Manager, Aitor Karanka

Having only met the squad on Wednesday, Karanka will have had little time to assess his options for Saturday’s match with Villa.

During his press conference it is hoped Karanka will discuss potential January transfers, how he will approach the Villa game and his ambitions for the remainder of the season.

Karanka’s appointment came after the dismissal of Mark Warburton on New Year’s Eve, following a poor run of form leaving the Reds 14th in the Championship table.

Nottingham Forest have conceded 42 league goals, the fifth highest in the league, and fans will be hoping Karanka’s appointment stems the flow.

The former Real Madrid assistant manager was renowned for defensive stability whilst manager at Middlesbrough.

During the January transfer window, Karanka will be looking to add experience to a young, talented squad to better prepare them for the rigours and demands of the Championship football.

He said: “There are very good young players here. We need to balance them with experienced players.

“If we find that balance we have a bright present and a really bright future.”

During his press conference Karanka will discuss Forest’s upcoming match against Aston Villa on Saturday evening at The City Ground in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Nottingham Forest caused a huge upset in victory over Arsenal 4-2 in the third round of the FA Cup under the stewardship of academy manager Gary Brazil.

The Reds have won two of their last 10 league games but gained a well-earned point in their last league game against Leeds United on New Year’s Day.