A year is a long time in football, with Nottingham Forest having proved that point on several occasions in recent times.

Few of those to have taken the managerial reins have made it to such an anniversary.

For many on Trentside, 12 months is an eternity.

The last year has been just as eventful as plenty before it.

And this weekend offers up a rather timely measuring post.

Forest are due at Swansea on Saturday in their first outing after the international break.

Turn the clock back to 2018 and the Reds were in the same position.

With Aitor Karanka at the helm, a trip to the Liberty Stadium was taken in on September 15.

The Reds left with a goalless draw and would probably take the same result from their latest tussle with the Swans.

Different

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It will, however, be a markedly different group making the long journey to South Wales in pursuit of a positive result.

Of those who are likely to come into contention on Saturday, only seven remain from a year ago.

From a matchday squad of 18.

With a new manager calling the shots!

That is 11 changes to the playing personnel and one in the dugout.

The sands shift quickly in NG2 when the winds of change sweep in.

Of those who could face Swansea once more, only Jack Robinson and Lewis Grabban saw 90 minutes a year ago.

Matty Cash was replaced by Joao Carvalho at one stage, while Joe Lolley made way for Gil Dias and Ben Watson was introduced late on in place of Adlene Guedioura.

Frozen

 

Michael Dawson, now captain and an integral part of the side, was an unused substitute.

Saidy Janko, Danny Fox, Ben Osborn, Jack Colback, Diogo Goncalves and Luke Steele are no longer at the club.

Costel Pantilimon is firmly frozen out, Michael Hefele is recovering from injury and Tendayi Darikwa is on the treatment table.

Bringing things a little closer to the present, and there are only six players who faced the Swans at the City Ground in March that can realistically expect to figure again this weekend.

Added to the pot of those either moved on or not in the picture are Yohan Benalouane, Ryan Yates, Molla Wague, Pele, Daryl Murphy, Karim Ansarifard and Claudio Yacob.

With Martin O’Neill obviously no longer around either.

Forest are far from the only side to have made such sweeping changes.

Swansea will also look different to what they did a year ago – on and off the field.

It is, however, an indication of how much tinkering has gone at the City Ground that the Reds will return to Wales an almost entirely different outfit to the one which made the same journey 12 months back.

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