Former Nottingham Forest coach and assistant manager Ian ‘Charlie’ McParland has told Notts TV that not winning promotion this season would be deemed as a failure for the football club.

The Reds are fifth in the league after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Derby County and have lost just three of their 14 games this season.

Forest experienced a summer of upheaval with Martin O’Neill being replaced by Sabri Lamouchi just a week into pre-season.

The Frenchman has hit the ground running though and the supporters are loving the work he has done with the team so far.

Sabri Lamouchi; Nottingham Forest – (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

McParland believes Forest need to ensure that this is their time.

He told Notts TV: “Most of the games they’ve scored one goal. Even when they’re getting beat or it’s 0-0 you always think they’re going to nick a goal.

“For me, I think, at the start of the season we’ll need to see how it pans out but maybe sixth or seventh. After seeing all the teams and watching the games I’m thinking if Nottingham Forest don’t go up this year I think it’s a failure. It’s the best chance they’ve had for years.”

Forest will return to action with trips to Bristol City and QPR following the international break; before finishing the month with a home game against Cardiff City.


Despite a strong start, it is a massive statement to make considering that Forest weren’t overly fancied at the start of the season.

Forest are ticking along nicely though and even after two recent back-to-back defeats, the Reds have bounced back in decent fashion.

The wins over Luton and Derby have set Forest back on their way and the confidence will surely be through the ceiling.


Lamouchi won’t want his players becoming too distracted by these comments from McParland. The Championship is a tough league and two or three defeats can soon set you back.

Ryan Yates; Nottingham Forest (Credit: Jon Hobley | MI News)

Failure would perhaps be a bit harsh given that this is a relatively new group of players and Forest have been here before. Consistency needs to be key. Lamouchi will know that his players must continue working hard in each game.

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