Jack Colback at left-back, Joao Carvalho on the bench, Alexander Milosevic frozen out and Ben Osborn all over the park, what is left for Martin O’Neill to explore at Nottingham Forest?

Well, the man himself has suggested that the experiments are set to continue.

Quite what is left to discover remains to be seen.

Costel Pantilimon’s height leading the line?

Liam Bridcutt back as captain?

Roy Keane marshalling the midfield?

Anything is possible at this point!

O’Neill has been in a job for three months now, but is yet to complete his assessment of those at his disposal.

The inability to find a settled side and approach has led to more inconsistency.

And a now inevitable finish outside of the top six.


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Potentially even in the bottom-half of the Championship.

Attention is already starting to shift towards next season, with even the man in the dugout admitting as much.

O’Neill has told the club’s official website ahead of a trip to Sheffield United on Good Friday: “We are in the results business and you have to win games.

“I’d like to find out as much as possible about all of the players at my disposal before we kick-off pre-season but all of these games are very important.

“We would like to try out some things, of course, but overall you want to try and win the matches.”

Winning games has proved to be an issue.

Just five have been collected in 15 outings under O’Neill.



The constant tinkering has unquestionably contributed to the lack of continuity – both under the current coaching regime and the previous one.

Change – or at least the kind Forest are crying out for – may have to wait, though.

Instead of a reversal in fortune, we may have to make peace with merely more reversal.

The Reds have become rather stuck in that gear and are struggling to find neutral again.

O’Neill is making no apologies for that.

He stated upon taking the reins that he considered the opening weeks of his reign to a be a learning curve.

That process, it appears, is ongoing.

When will it be completed?

Will it ever?

There are no answers at present, only questions and the promise of even more to come.

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