The last few weeks have delivered plenty of nostalgia at Nottingham Forest, with 40 years having passed since the club’s first European Cup win.

Sentiment may have been lost on some, but the vast majority have embraced it.

You do not need to have been in Munich or Madrid to revel in what happened.

You do not even need to have been born!

This is not a case of living in the past, it is celebrating it and giving it the recognition it deserves.

Successes of years gone by are, however, both a help and a hindrance.

Regardless of how miraculous they may have been, standings at the top of any given podium understandably raise expectations.

Forest have conquered the continent twice.

Yet have spent the last 20 years stuck in the domestic wilderness, with much of that time spent in the second tier.

While dipping as low as the third at one stage.


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Times have changed.

Expectation, though, remains high.

Which is a good thing in many ways, as it keeps everyone pushing towards the same goal.

It also helps to keep a steady stream of talent running through the club.

Another transfer window is about to open and the Reds are likely to be busy.

Garry Birtles, one of the European Cup-winning Miracle Men, has said in the Nottingham Post of the scramble for fresh faces: “Forest won’t necessarily be a fancied team next year but they’re still an easy team to sell to potential players.

“They’ve not done any business yet. I’m sure Martin is working on convincing targets what a good club this is.

“You look at what the club are trying to do with the ground developments and the ambition of Evangelos Marinakis and it should inspire players.”

It should, you’re right Garry.

The Reds’ former No. 9 is also correct in saying that Forest are an “easy sell”.



Two European Cups, regardless of when they were secured, will do that for you.

Take any new recruit past the City Ground trophy cabinet and they will be made immediately aware of the standards demanded of them.

That, though, is both a blessing and a curse.

Many want to play for Forest, but are they all looking to make that switch for the right reasons?

Will they all buy into what the club is about?

Many have failed to tick those boxes in the recent past.

Plenty will probably do the same in the future.

In the present, though, Forest need to be looking at striking the right balance between ability and personality.

History gets people through the door, but ambition and hard work keeps them there.

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