Viv Anderson has told the Daily Star (11/10; football pull-out; page 11) that Nottingham Forest must end the cycle of sacking managers which has been rife at the City Ground for far too long.
Chris Hughton is the latest man tasked with reviving the fortunes of the East Midlands-based club, replacing Sabri Lamouchi who was sacked last Tuesday.
Anderson played 328 times for the Reds, winning two European Cups and a whole of host of other accolades on Trentside.
He also collected 30 caps for England and the former right-back thinks it’s time for Forest to place their faith in the new boss for the long-term.
Anderson told the Daily Star (11/10; football pull-out; page 11): “This club needs stability. We can’t keep bringing in a manager, sack him after a year, get another man in, then sack him too.
“You end up not going forward at all – and spending money because every new boss wants his own players and coaching staff.
“Chris is the best man available and, if the’s the case now, that’s the case in a year from now. Every successful football club has a manager there for a long time.
“I played at Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, who was there for 26 years. Cloughie was at Forest a similar length of time and this week Jurgen Klopp just completed five years with Premier League champions, Liverpool.
“There’s no great secret. Longevity and stability are absolutely key to success.”
Anderson is absolutely right about Forest and their chopping and changing culture simply has to become a thing of the past.
Unlike previous appointments, the Reds have opted for arguably the best manager at Championship level currently available this time.
Appointing a manager rather than a head coach can only bode well, with Hughton likely to have more of a final say on the players signed.
Forest have lost all four of their league matches during 2020/21 and supporters will hope for an improved performance this weekend at Blackburn Rovers.
It’s time for the Reds to back Hughton and let the trigger happy culture be consigned to history for the football club.