Former Nottingham Forest playmaker Lars Bohinen has told Norwegian publication VG that he has a dream to return to the City Ground as the club’s manager.
The 50-year-old had two seasons at Forest between 1993 and 1995. He was part of the successful team that finished third in the Premier League during the 1994/95 campaign.
After seven goals in 64 appearances for the Reds, he departed to Blackburn, who paid Forest £700,000 (The Independent).
Bohinen was known for his sumptuous goals. Particular fond memories are of superbly elegant strikes in a 7-1 drubbing of Sheffield Wednesday and a 4-1 win over Tottenham.
The man who also played in England for Forest’s rivals Derby County is currently managing Norwegian top-flight outfit Aalesund; where he has been in charge since 2017.
He does concede that Forest advances would be hard to turn down should they ever happen.
He told Norwegian publication VG: “Forest would be the dream. Yes. It would be the most fun if I had the opportunity to manage Nottingham Forest.”
Despite holding future ambitions to return to the City Ground in a coaching capacity, Bohinen does concede he is likely to need more experience before taking such a role.
He continued: “I will most probably need a little more to show than coaching Norwegian teams. If you are going out of the country, you should preferably have results to show in Europe as well, not just Norway.
“It’s probably too early for a job at Forest anyway, but in the long run, why not.”
Seat Pitch Summary – Forest showing that going continental can work; Bohinen must prove his worth elsewhere first
Given the start made to life at Nottingham Forest by Sabri Lamouchi, it would seem that Bohinen could be waiting a while to manage the Reds.
The French manager has overseen a remarkable transformation on the pitch and after 11 games Forest are second in the Championship.
After the failed Philippe Montainer experiment during the 2016/17 campaign, some people were unconvinced when Lamouchi replaced Martin O’Neill during the summer.
Lamouchi isn’t Montanier, however. He already looks like proof that managers from the continent can cause a stir in the cauldron of the Championship.
Given his Derby connections, Bohinen might not be welcomed back anyway. It does seem natural, however, that he will need to earn his stripes elsewhere in Europe before he can even contemplate fulfilling his dream of managing Forest.