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Nottingham Forest have parted company with their manager Aitor Karanka after just a year in the job.

The 45-year-old Spaniard was appointed in January 2018 and has left the City Ground with Forest seventh in the Championship table.

His final game in charge was Saturday’s FA Cup defeat by Chelsea, having beaten Leeds the previous week to move within four points of the top six.

First-team coach Simon Ireland has been put in caretaker charge of the team.

A club statement said Karanka had “asked to be released from his contract” and they had agreed to his request.

Forest are now looking for their 11th full-time manager since June 2011.

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