Former Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Ian ‘Charlie’ McParland has been speaking to Notts TV’s weekly football show Team Talk about the club’s future.
The man who has held several coaching positions at the City Ground in the past was speaking on this week’s edition on the show.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side have been enjoying a two-week break from the Championship due to the international break. The Reds currently sit in the play-off places, having only lost three games so far.
When asked for his thought’s on the club’s current position, McParland told Team Talk: “It’s a great time to be a Nottingham Forest fan.
“Evangelos Marinakis is backing the manager, they’ve got 28,000 in there every two weeks. 28,000!
“I think it’s been 20 years, 21 at the end of the season since they’ve been in the big league – that’s not good enough for Nottingham Forest.”
The man who took the helm at the City Ground as caretaker manager following Gary Megson’s departure in 2006 believes that the club’s stadium redevelopment plans are another big step forward.
He continued: “They need to knock the Peter Taylor Stand down and build another one underneath it and redo all the hospitality because that brings in millions of pounds if you get that right.”
Seat Pitch Summary
It’s hard to disagree with McParland’s comments. It’s been far too long since the Reds have been in the Premier League. For the past few years, it’s remained a distant dream.
Things do seem different under the management of Sabri Lamouchi.
The Reds have a genuine chance of challenging for promotion this time round. If the club’s hierarchy back Lamouchi in January, then anything is possible.
If the Reds do achieve promotion, then the club’s plans to redevelop the City Ground become even more important.
Evangelos Marinakis will want the Reds to consolidate in the Premier League once they’re there. He won’t want the club bouncing between the top flight and the Championship like so many others do.
The Reds will be hoping to maintain their promising start against Bristol City this afternoon.