Small sections of fans booed after the Villa defeat

As the final whistle blew on Saturday evening, subdued boos rung out around the City Ground.

A 1-0 loss at home to Aston Villa marked the first game for new manager Aitor Karanka but small sections of the fans felt their disapproval needed to be heard.

An 18th minute goal from Scott Hogan condemned Forest to their 15th defeat of the season but if Karanka is to succeed, Reds fans must get behind the Spaniard.

The former Middlesbrough manager took his first training session on Thursday morning and 48 hours later he was writing the team sheet for a game against one of the strongest outfits in the Championship.

Only Birmingham have lost more games than Forest this season

A look at the Spaniard’s record only points towards his credibility for the ever-difficult Forest job.

As a three-time winner of the Champions League in a 13 year playing career, Karanka played under some of the best managers in European football.

A three-year spell as assistant manager at Real Madrid under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho helped him secure the top job at the Riverside.

After taking charge at Boro, Karanka gained just four points from a possible 15 in his first five games in charge.

But following his dismal start, he then led the Teessiders to victory in five of the following six games.

It’s also worthy to note that Forest, who have the fifth leakiest defence in the league, are in dire need of a manager with a defensive record like the former Boro manager’s.

Following promotion to the Premier League, Karanka was sacked after disagreements with the board and fans.

Talk of whether Aitor Karanka is the right man for the job are incredibly premature for a manager of his credentials.

With a visit to league leaders Wolves on Saturday, Karanka again faces a tough challenge.

Success under him can come, but only with the backing of all the fans.