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Nottingham Forest 0-1 Aston Villa: Hogan header spoils Karanka's opening game in charge

Aitor Karanka’s Nottingham Forest tenure began in frustrating fashion as Aston Villa claimed a comfortable 1-0 win at the City Ground. Steve Bruce’s side were rarely troubled once Scott Hogan’s 18th-minute header gave them the lead. Kieran Dowell forced a fine save from Sam Johnstone late on, but the Villa keeper was otherwise relatively untroubled as the visitors defended stoutly – and Forest looked short of ideas. It meant a disappointing start for former Middlesbrough boss Karanka, who agreed to become the permanent replacement for Mark Warburton on Monday, while…

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Mark Warburton: Nottingham Forest sack manager after nine months in charge

Championship side Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Mark Warburton after nine months at the City Ground. Forest have also sacked assistant David Weir while director of football Frank McParland has left the club. Academy manager Gary Brazil will take over at Forest as their caretaker manager while they find a replacement. Former Rangers boss Warburton, 55, was appointed in March on a two-and-a-half-year deal and helped Forest narrowly avoid relegation last season. Media playback is not supported on this device Warburton, Weir and McParland were all appointed towards the end…

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FA Cup third-round draw: Liverpool v Everton, Man Utd v Derby, Forest v Arsenal

Media playback is not supported on this device Liverpool will face Everton in the FA Cup third round, while holders Arsenal will travel to Nottingham Forest. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a home tie against Burnley, Manchester United host Derby and Chelsea are away at Norwich. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side left, will face Leicester if they overcome Fleetwood at the second attempt. Three non-league sides remain but all are involved in replays. National League side AFC Fylde will head to Premier League Bournemouth if they see off Wigan…

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