The recruitment process is underway yet again at the City Ground after the sacking of Dougie Freedman although a little bit of time does seem to be on Fawal Al Hasawi’s side this time around with Forest just about safe in the Championship for another season.
Bookmakers are always quick to price up a market for the next manager when a sacking occurs but the odds men struggled to find a clear favourite this time around, just putting Nigel Pearson at the head of the betting.
Much of the media talk has been about a model of a ‘head coach’ working alongside a Director of Football with some relatively obscure names being bandied about
Former Standard Liege boss Ivan Vukomanovic claims to have held talks with the Reds while ex-Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo is thought to have applied for the post.
Sheffield Wednesday are having success with the model this season but much depends on who is in charge of recruitment and the quality of the players the coach is given to work with.
Also in the frame, however, according to reports, are two managers who served the club with distinction as players.
Martin O’Neill and Nigel Clough would both want the post according to those close to them and both may be able to move on in the summer, O’Neill after Euro 2016 with Ireland and Clough after guiding Burton Albion into the Championship.
Both would be popular appointments but the Stuart Pearce era has already shown that nobody is safe from the Al Hasawi axe and would either man get the freedom they would surely want to appoint their own staff and be responsible for transfer policy.
The same question would be asked of those managers who have strong reputations in the Championship, Pearson among them.
A fourth option would be for an up-and-coming younger manager from the lower divisions or Scottish football, in the mould perhaps of Alex Neill at Norwich City.
But, do Forest have the people in place to identify the right man?
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