Nottingham Forest have parted company with director Aitor Karanka after only a year in the project.

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

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

Firstteam trainer Simon Ireland has been put in caretaker cost of the team.

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

Forest, who are away to exploring Saturday, are currently searching for their 11th full-time manager as June 2011.

Karanka came on a two-and-a-half year deal after getting chased by Middlesbrough in March 2017, having guided them promotion into the Premier League in 2015-16.

But, rumours surfaced surrounding the former Real Madrid coach’s future in December, when Woods slipped outside of the play off places during a run of five matches without a win.

His side were 3-0 up at Norwich but resisted the lead to draw 3-3, lost at struggling Millwall and were beaten at home by Preston and QPR.