Nottingham Forest hero Viv Anderson has told the Daily Star (11/10; page 11 football supplement) that Chris Hughton is facing a significant challenge at the City Ground and has suggested what would be a big positive for the new boss.
Forest have lost all five of the games they have played in all competitions this season and instilling some confidence will surely be the immediate priority for Hughton.
The ex-Brighton and Newcastle boss replaced Sabri Lamouch last week and focus is quickly turning towards the game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
Anderson won two European Cup titles with Forest and he thinks with the Derby game on the horizon, Hughton needs to quickly stop the rot.
He told the Daily Star: “I’ve met him a couple of times – he’s a smashing lad.
“The challenge for Hughton is significant as he inherits a side who have lost their opening six games this season, scoring once. They have not tasted victory in 12 outings.
“The only way is up. He just needs to stop the winless run hitting 13. The Derby game is massive and three points there would be a big positive.”
Forest are rock bottom of the Championship – if you take out Sheffield Wednesday who began the season on minus points.
Hughton has inherited some quality players but confidence will undoubtedly be the keyword for him as he prepares for his first game.
Forest can’t afford to focus on the Derby game just yet. After Saturday’s trip to Blackburn, the Reds face Rotherham at home and they need some points before facing the Rams.
Anderson is right to suggest that beating Phillip Cocu’s team would be a big positive, although the 61-year-old boss won’t be thinking about that game just yet.