Nottingham Forest’s current squad isn’t good enough to challenge for promotion to the Premier League, according to club legend Trevor Francis. 

That was the message from the former two-time European Cup winner when he spoke to the Nottingham Post earlier this week. The 65-year-old is known by many as the country’s first £1 million player following his move from Birmingham City to join the Reds in 1979.

The Reds were still in the mix for a play-off spot until the latter stages of the season. However, they did ultimately miss out by eight points.

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It is up to Martin O’Neill to guide the Reds to promotion to the Premier League next season, or at least forge a stronger challenge. He will want to add several quality players to his squad this summer.


There’s no doubt that there is still a lingering feeling of disappointment around the club. The Reds had an opportunity last season but ultimately failed to deliver. In this case though, they now have the basis of a strong squad to improve and come back stronger next season.

‘Wouldn’t be possible to get promotion’

In November last year, the Reds were firmly in the promotion picture under the management of Aitor Karanka. However, a dip in form resulted in the Spaniard leaving the club, and they didn’t really recover from that point onwards.

Martin O’Neill inherited a squad a very talented players. Lewis Grabban, Joe Lolley and João Carvalho are all quality players at this level.

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However, Francis doesn’t believe the current crop are good enough to secure promotion.

He told the Nottingham Post: “I mean, with their current squad, it wouldn’t be possible to get promotion so there’s going to have to be a lot of wheeling and dealing and quite a bit of investment if that’s possible to make them competitive, to try and push into either the play-offs or automatic promotion positions.”

“I saw Forest a couple of times at the back end of last season, not on their best nights, may I add.

“I saw them at Sheffield Wednesday where they were well beaten (lost 3-0).

“They have to improve.”

‘I’ve heard it all now’

As expected, the club legend’s comments have generated a mixed response on social media from Reds supporters. Seat Pitch have rounded up what supporters have been saying on Twitter.

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