LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Aitor Karanka, Manager of Nottingham Forest looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Nottingham Forest at The Den on December 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Nottingham Forest have agreed to release manager Aitor Karanka from his contract at the club with immediate effect

The Spaniard took charge of Forest in January last year after 10 months out of work following his dismissal from Middlesbrough.

In his time at the City Ground, Karanka only won 17 of his 52 matches with reports recently suggesting that he had a falling out with the club board.

Now Forest have announced Karanka’s departure with Simon Ireland taking charge of the first-team on an interim basis until a replacement is found.

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“Aitor Karanka has asked to be released from his contract as the manager of Nottingham Forest Football Club,” read a statement on the club website.

“The club have agreed to this request and the terms of departure have been agreed. Both parties wish each other every success for the future. There will be no further comment from either party.

“Simon Ireland will take charge of first-team affairs until a new manager is appointed.”

Forest are seventh in the Championship table and four points adrift of a playoff spot for promotion to the Premier League.