Ex-Nottingham Forest midfielder Paul McKenna has been speaking to Under the Cosh about his time at the City Ground.

McKenna played 66 times for the Reds between 2009 and 2011, captaining the club to consecutive play-off campaigns.

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The manager back then was Billy Davies and McKenna worked with the manager at both Forest and Preston North End.

A combative midfielder, McKenna was a real grafter during his time on Trentside and loved working under Davies.

He said on the Under the Cosh podcast on YouTube: “Billy was a real taskmaster. He was an intense man and his training was really organised. To be honest, he left no stone unturned in his attempts to achieve success at Forest.”

In a strange turn of events for McKenna, his first goal for Forest would come against Preston, where he spent 13 years of his football career.


On the maiden strike, McKenna said:  “I had left Preston under some difficult circumstances and I wanted to prove people who had doubted me wrong.

“I didn’t celebrate for obvious reasons. It was my first goal for Forest and I caught it sweet. It was a nice moment.”

McKenna’s stint at the City Ground would, unfortunately, end in disappointment, with Forest failing to achieve promotion.

His departure was somewhat surprising though among the Forest faithful, given his level of performance during his time at the club.

McKenna continued: “I was on my way back from holiday and I received a call from the chief executive at Forest.

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“He told me that the club had sacked Billy Davies and tarnished me with the same brush. He said that I could see the year left on my contract out, or sort myself out elsewhere.

“Nigel Pearson had wanted me at Hull for a little while and Forest allowed me to move on a free transfer that summer.”

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