Neil Warnock has cheekily suggested that he might ask Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton about a few players when the Reds travel to Middlesbrough tomorrow.

The charismatic manager has overseen a decent run of form at Boro but his squad is on the thin side.

He has heaped praise on Hughton and claimed that Forest will have to improve as the season progresses.

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The Reds have won just one of their eight games this season but are unbeaten in four since Hughton arrived at the club.

Warnock believes the Forest boss will have lofty ambitions as he settled in at the City Ground.

He told the Middlesbrough Gazette: “It’s a good job for Chris. He’s a good manager.

“With the players they’ve got, they’ll have to be in the top seven or eight. They’ll still be looking at that.

“I could do with a couple of their players, I’ll have a word with Chris tomorrow!


“You know what you’re getting with Chris, he’s a nine out of 10 every week.

“They’ve needed somebody like Chris for years. Chris will still be looking at the top six with that squad, make no mistake.”

Warnock tried and failed to make more additions during the summer and has admitted his envy at the Forest squad.


The Reds do have plenty of players to call upon but it’s fair to say wins do need to come sooner rather than later.

Being defensively sound is one thing but a team boasting so much attacking quality must start putting the ball into the net.

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If Forest can do that the wins will start to come and in Hughton, the Reds do have a manager capable of doing great things in the Championship.

A settled side has been evident during the new manager’s first four games and that can also only bode well.

The turnover of players at Forest have been ridiculous and that is one aspect that Hughton might look to change as he gets his feet under the table.

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