It’s Premier League or bust for Forest as club prepare for latest boss

It’s Premier League or bust for Nottingham Forest as club prepare to appoint latest manager

  • Revolving-door policy of managers at Nottingham Forest is continuing 
  • Aitor Karanka became the latest to depart ahead of 2-0 defeat against Reading
  • Forest had both Danny Fox and Tendayi Darikwa sent off at the Madejski Stadium

Glen Williams For The Daily Mail

The owner’s frustration is born out of a burning desire to bring Premier League football back to the club.

Marinakis invested £25million in the summer but his apparent impatience threatens to undermine the overall goal and delay a return to the top tier for at least one more season.

Slavisa Jokanovic, who earned promotion to the Premier League with Watford and Fulham, is in pole position to take the job at Forest, with the club just four points shy of Derby in the play-off places. 

Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis hasn't brought an end to the club's revolving door policy

Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis hasn’t brought an end to the club’s revolving door policy

It would appear to be a decent opportunity for Jokanovic, but he would not be given a running start. Should he take the reins, he would inherit a side who are treading water.

Saturday’s vapid showing against lowly Reading means Forest have won one of their last eight games in all competitions, and Marinakis’ dream of top-flight football is in danger of being derailed.

Forest were rudderless. Reading bombarded them in the first half and could have been three up before the break, but instead had to settle for a solitary John Swift goal.

Forest’s plight was best summed up in the second half when captain Danny Fox lost his cool and was sent off after a tussle. Minutes later, right back Tendayi Darikwa lunged in on Danny Loader and was also sent off.

Jack Colback heads the ball for Forest during their loss away to Reading on Saturday

Jack Colback heads the ball for Forest during their loss away to Reading on Saturday

Forest’s miserable afternoon was rounded off by an own goal from Jack Robinson to hand Reading their first win in 12 games.

For Jose Gomes, who took over at relegation-threatened Reading just before Christmas, the three points were vital: ‘I liked the result a lot.’

Simon Ireland, Forest’s caretaker boss since Friday, admitted Karanka’s exit had affected the players in the build-up: ‘It was a bad day today. But we are more than capable of getting back into the play-offs.’

It does appear to be high stakes, high reward for Forest’s next manager: it’s Premier League or bust.

Matty Cash looks to push forwards against Reading but Forest fell to a 2-0 defeat

Matty Cash looks to push forwards against Reading but Forest fell to a 2-0 defeat

 


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