Nottingham Forest have confirmed that they have parted ways with Aitor Karanka.
After big money was spent over the summer, Forest have promotion ambitions this season, with the lure of Premier League football in their sights.
The club currently sit seventh in the Championship and have won just twice in their last seven league games.
Forest will now be aiming to make a swift appointment in a bid to secure a playoff spot in the second half of the season.
Here are some of the men who could be next in the City Ground hot seat.
The former Fulham boss is among the early favourites to replace Karanka at Forest and it is easy to see why. Jokanovic has proven himself at Championship level, with promotions with both Watford and Fulham. He would certainly install a more entertaining brand of football, with many hailing Fulham’s style of play during their promotion-winning campaign.
David Moyes could be tempted by a move to the Championship, with Forest still having a great chance to make the Premier League next season. Forest may look to go for the more experienced option to see them over the line during the second half of the campaign. If the Championship side are serious about their Premier League aspirations, Moyes could be a long-term option.
Martin O’Neill has been linked with a host of club jobs after leaving the Republic of Ireland. O’Neill has not managed in the club game since leaving Sunderland in 2013, but he is a name that you can expect to see in the running. He certainly has Premier League experience, but it remains to be seen what O’Neill’s plans are after stepping down from international management. His history at Forest would curry favour with the club’s supporters too.
Carlos Carvalhal remains a highly-regarded manager at Championship level. His move to Swansea, despite earning plaudits during his short time in charge, did not quite go to plan. He’s yet to take another job since leaving the Welsh side and could be tempted by a Championship return. After coming so close to promotion during his time with Sheffield Wednesday, he may feel he has unfinished business in the second tier.
If Forest are looking for Football League experience, then they don’t come much wiser than Nigel Clough. Clough has long been linked with the Nottingham Forest job, for obvious reasons. The 52-year-old spent time at the club as a player and could be tempted to emulate the success of his late father, Brian.
Similarly to O’Neill, Roy Keane has been linked with a number of clubs since his departure from the international game. Once dubbed as a promising manager, Keane has not been a number one since his time in charge of Ipswich in 2011. Keane knows the club very well, spending three years at Forest as a player prior to his move to Manchester United.
Sam Allardyce could be considered as one of the outsiders for the job. The former England boss remains out of work after leaving Everton at the end of last season and Forest would certainly consider him as a coup if they could get him. Whether or not he would be interested in dropping down to the second tier remains to be seen.
Former Southampton boss Mark Hughes could be offered an immediate return to management in the Championship. Hughes was sacked by the Saints earlier this season and could be forced into dropping into the second tier to find work. After poor spells at Stoke and Southampton, his stock as a Premier League manager is relatively low in the current market.