Martin O’Neill has already discussed Nottingham Forest’s transfer plans with Evangelos Marinakis, but what will he have been asking for?

The Reds boss has revealed that he took the opportunity to talk recruitment over the weekend.

With the club’s owner in town, the Northern Irishman made sure to get an audience.

Said discussions were not overly detailed.

O’Neill has admitted as much.

After all, Forest still don’t know what division they are going to be in next season.

The Premier League carrot continues to dangle, waiting for somebody to grab it.

Make the play-offs, win them and a £100 million bonus is there for the taking.

Such an injection of cash would alter the mindset somewhat.

There is, however, groundwork that can be put in place.

Strengthening

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Decisions will have already been made regarding potential outgoings and areas in need of strengthening.

It is just the finer details which need to be ironed out.

O’Neill has said in the Nottingham Post of his summer plans and a meeting with Marinakis: “We have spoken about that; we have had a chance to look at things like that.

“We do want to get some plans in place and now is the best time to start doing that.

“But, while we are still in with a shout; while we have given ourselves a chance, we might put that kind of thing on hold, just for this minute.

“Overall, I think you saw yourself with the plans he has for the stadium, that he is in this here and he wants us to do well.

“Of course, naturally, he wants to provide something for us here and that is very encouraging.”

Marinakis has shown himself to be fully committed to a long-term project.

He has made funds available to those at the helm and had the City Ground redevelopment plans drawn up.

The man with the deepest pockets at the club wants the same as everybody else.

Ambition

 

O’Neill has already made it clear that he will walk away if he fails to deliver on that ambition.

If Forest are not a top-flight club again by 2020, then more changes will be made.

For now, it is the immediate future which is of greater concern.

That starts against Aston Villa on Wednesday.

It then carries over through another nine fixtures.

Once the current campaign comes to a close, then the scramble for fresh faces can start in earnest.

O’Neill will be hoping that he has already got ahead of the game.

Whatever he spoke to Marinakis about, a blueprint has been put in place.

This is what we need, can it be done?

Patience is now required as we wait to discover the answer to that question.