Former Nottingham Forest player and coach Steve Sutton believes Aitor Karanka’s future at the City Ground depends on whether the owners trust him enough to spend wisely in the January transfer window.

Nottingham Forest are without a win in five league games and have dropped down to tenth in the league table after losing at Millwall on Saturday.

There are serious question marks over Karanka’s future at Nottingham Forest ahead of their game at home against Leeds United on New Year's Day, and the owners are said to be considering parting ways with the Spaniard.

Karanka has experience of leading a team out of the Championship and into the top tier, but Sutton feels his future at the club depends on the hierarchy’s trust in him ahead of the January window.

He believes Forest will get rid of their manager if they do not want to trust Karanka with their money next month for signings who could help them rally in the second half of the season.

The Former Forest star said on BBC Nottingham Sport: “I think the big question for them is ‘are we going to give £20m to spend?’

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“That’s the big question going around in their head, going into January

“Do we want to spend our money? Are we convinced enough that he would spend that money wisely enough to get us up?

“If that answers those are no, then he has to go because there’s no future for him.

“If the answer is ‘yes he can’, then we need to shut up and get on with it.”

It remains to be seen whether Karanka is still Nottingham Forest boss when Leeds come to town on Tuesday.