Nottingham Forest supporters of a certain age will be forgiven for classing Frank Clark as the best manager they have seen in their lifetime.

Clark was the man handed the poisonous chalice, one which involved replacing the legendary Brian Clough when he departed Forest in 1992.

The affable manager took on the mantle with aplomb. His classic Forest team won promotion to the top flight at the first attempt and then finished third in the Premier League.

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Clark wasn’t finished there. A year later he led the Reds to the quarter-final of the UEFA Cup, before losing to Bayern Munich.

During his life, he has played for and managed Forest whilst his most difficult position undoubtedly came when he was appointed as the chairman.

After the passing of Nigel Doughty, it was Clark who stepped up to oversee the day-to-day running of the club in testing times.

Of course, the club was eventually sold to the controversial Fawaz Al Hasawi and the club embarked on a turbulent period.

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This week, however, Clark has spoken fondly of Forest and in an interview with the Nottingham Post, he believes things are looking up.

He said: “The good thing is that it is a proper football club now. The owners have put in a terrific administration, who know what they are doing.

“The club is being run like a proper club now.”

Having experienced successful times on Trentside, Clark believes the Reds are now in good hands on the pitch too.

He continued: “In Aitor, we have a manager who knows what he is doing and knows the game.

“He signed a lot of players in the summer and it was always going to take time to sort things out, for them to settle and for him to decide what his best team would be.

“In recent weeks, they have picked up some very good results and things are looking very promising.”