Nottingham Forest appointed Chris Hughton as the club’s new manager last night, replacing Sabri Lamouchi who departed after 15 months in charge.

The 61-year-old has a proud reputation in football having managed Newcastle, Birmingham, Norwich and more recently Brighton.

 

Hughton has it all to do on Trentside as he looks to try and arrest a run of seven successive defeats and three wins in 22 matches in all competitions.

Ahead of him getting to work with his new charges, we looked at four conundrums for Hughton to crack as he looks for a winning Forest formula.

Style

All the talk after last season ended in such a catastrophic way was that Lamouchi would need to change his style of play.

A more attacking approach was identified by the powers that be but in the first five games of the season, very little progress has been evident – if any at all.

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Of course, give Lamouchi some credit and having to blend in 13 new players hasn’t proved an easy thing to do.

The football served up at Forest this season – and at the back end of last season – has been miserable though and Hughton’s appointment should change that.

A number of shapes have been tried and tested during his managerial career and his Brighton side really caught the eye in the Championship.

Forest have added plenty of proven players this summer and finding a system that works and gets the Reds firing up the table will be the first port of call.

Leadership

Following the departure of Ben Watson, Forest have looked desperately short of a leader within their ranks.

That might have been down to the players at the club from last season still reeling from how it ended.

There are lots of questions to be asked though as to who Hughton’s captain might be going forward.

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Lewis Grabban hasn’t scored yet this season and the armband does appear to have weighed him down somewhat.

Another man who has worn the strap is Jack Colback and he is a decent candidate for the role.

Having not played regular football for so long, however, there’s an argument that he too should be allowed to concentrate on his football.

Harry Arter looks like a determined character and could be a candidate.

There is also an element of intrigue as to whether Michael Dawson might get another crack under Hughton and he represents an obvious choice.

Feel-good factor

A quick glance on the Twitter timeline and the toxic atmosphere highlights where supporters feelings are regarding Nottingham Forest.

Hughton’s appointment last night was met with instant satisfaction, although some still need to be convinced it seems.

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Lamouchi led Forest to their best league finish for many years but ultimately failed his remit of bringing Premier League football to the City Ground.

The ending of last season coupled with the poor start to the current campaign has seen many Forest fans thoroughly disgruntled with the whole situation.

Winning games of football and climbing the Championship table would certainly help lift the spirits, whilst some eye-catching football would help the ultra-cynical too.

Rough edge

Forest have been far too easy to beat for too long. You have to really scratch your head and think back to the last time when a team was forced to work hard to get three points from the Reds.

Certainly, since football resumed in June, Forest have all too often rolled over and allowed opposition teams to comfortably force them into mistakes.

This season some of the defending has been nothing short of woeful at times and that, quite simply, cannot continue.

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Forest have plenty of options at the back and Hughton is a manager who is clued up in the art of defending.

The likes of Scott McKenna and Loic Mbe Soh have been added, with Joe Worrall still to return from injury next month.

Forest need to toughen up and Hughton will be searching for a group of players to stand up and be counted over the next eight months.

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