Former Nottingham Forest fan favourite Chris Cohen has backed Chris Hughton to be a roaring success at the City Ground during an interview with BBC Radio Nottingham.

The 61-year-old boss replaced Sabri Lamouchi earlier this month and has overseen three unbeaten games against Blackburn, Rotherham and Derby.

Forest do need to start picking up wins, however, with just five points from their seven games so far this season.

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Cohen will be in the opposite dugout to Hughton on Wednesday night when Forest face Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. The former under-23 manager is now the first-team coach under Nathan Jones at the Hatters.

Cohen who played exactly 300 times for the Reds thinks they’ll be back on track in no time under Hughton’s influence.

Ahead of Wednesday, he told BBC Radio Nottingham: “Hopefully, they’ll have a great season, they’ve brought in a manager with a record which is amazing at this level. I’m sure given time he’ll be able to turn it around, get the team going and push up the table.

“I can’t remember another time where a new manager has come in and the group of players already suit the style of football that he’s played at his other clubs.

 

“For the football club, it’s the right appointment and over the next couple of seasons, hopefully, Forest have found the right manager to take them back to the Premier League.”

Cohen helped Forest to the Championship play-offs on two occasions but failed to help the club reach the top-flight.

The 33-year-old was forced into early retirement after three serious knee ligament injuries and was handed a coaching role at the City Ground.

Undervalued

He oversaw a title win with the under-23s last season but left to pursue an opportunity to work with first-team players at Luton.

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Many felt that Cohen should have been handed a place on the coaching staff under Sabri Lamouchi, although that was never forthcoming.

The 33-year-old still sees Forest as his club and after trying to plot the Reds’ downfall on Wednesday, wished them all the best for the season during the interview.

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