Steve McClaren has been discussing the appointment of Chris Hughton by Nottingham Forest on The Football Show during this morning’s Sky Sports News broadcast (21/10; 11:43).
The ex-England and Derby boss endured an ill-fated spell in charge of the club lasting just a few months in the hot seat having replaced Billy Davies back in 2011.
His most recent spell in management was during the 2018/19 campaign when he was in charge at Queens Park Rangers.
With a host of experience in the second tier, he was quizzed on Hughton and the fortunes of Forest by Sky Sports News this morning
He thinks the Reds will be strong in one particular area and has outlined the big challenge for Forest’s new manager.
He told Sky Sports News: “They nearly went up last season and they’ve added quality, there’s quality already in place there and in Chris Hughton, they’ve got a man who knows the league.
“There are certainly plenty of goals in that dressing room. You’ve got Joe Lolley, Luke Freeman, Sammy Ameobi, Lewis Grabban and they’ll always be a threat going forward; we saw that last night with the goal they scored.
“Hughton’s got to find his best team but he’s certainly got a squad of players to have a very good season there.”
Forest have scored goals in both of Hughton’s games in charge and that is a positive start.
They should have scored more last night but the overall performance should have pleased the new boss.
Competition for places
With Anthony Knockaert also chomping at the bit to make his debut, Forest do look somewhat blessed with a plethora of attacking talent.
Hughton opted for the same starting eleven in both of his games in charge and McClaren does make a good point about identifying his best team quickly.
If the 61-year-old can do that Forest will have every chance of a successful season under the proven Championship boss.