Nottingham Forest are on the lookout for a new manager following the departure of Aitor Karanka on Friday.
According to the club’s official website, the Spaniard asked to be released from his contract.
After yesterday’s 2-0 reverse at the hands of Reading, it seems imperative that the club needs to appoint someone quickly.
The Reds face two home games in quick succession next and if the playoffs are to be reached then six points must be the aim.
Former Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage has thrown his backing behind Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough for the job.
Savage backed his former boss at Derby for the vacancy on his BBC Radio Five Live Radio show.
Romantic rather than realistic
Clough has performed miracles on a shoestring budget at Burton; guiding them to the Carabao Cup semi-final this season.
Forest would be wise to tread carefully when it comes to considering Clough, however, with more suitable candidates likely to be interested.
Slavisa Jokanovic, Carlos Carvalhal and Martin O’Neill are all apparently under consideration, according to the Nottingham Post.
Clough’s appointment would certainly be romantic – but Forest have been there and got the t-shirt.
Stuart Pearce was the man tasked with bringing Premier League football to Nottingham back in 2014.
Things started well enough for the Forest legend but ended in tears with Pearce sacked just seven months into his tenure.
Clough is arguably more experienced when it comes to club management but his appointment wouldn’t really excite.
Although minor miracles have been performed at the Pirelli Stadium, his spell at Sheffield United wasn’t exactly successful.
He was the man tasked with finally ending the Blades’ Championship exile but his time in South Yorkshire ended following defeat to Swindon Town in the playoffs.
Throughout his time in management Clough has definitely been a man for the cup competitions.
This season, for example, he has led Burton to the last four of the League Cup, defeating a Premier League side and three Championship outfits during a sensational run.
His side has toiled in the league, however; yesterday’s 3-2 defeat to Gillingham leaves the Brewers 12 points off the top six.
Transfer budget concerns
The former Forest number nine has never really had a decent sized budget to spend and that in itself represents a risk too.
The Forest owner backed Karanka with heavy financial clout during the summer.
With promotion the ambition it seems likely he will do so again this month.
Handing Clough a sizeable budget could do more harm than good given that he has no experience of splashing the cash.
Not only that but the 52-year-old has a history of taking the same players with him to the clubs he has managed.
Jake Buxton, John Brayford, Jamie Ward and Stephen Bywater are just some of the players who have followed Clough around.
The more nostalgic Forest supporters will hope to see Clough Jnr in the dugout at some point in the future.
That time isn’t now though.
The Reds are in need of a manager who knows how to win promotion and that isn’t Clough.
As Forest’s second all-time leading goalscorer he will always be adored by supporters of a certain age.
At this moment in time, however, he isn’t the manager that Forest require if they are serious about promotion.