David Johnson has aimed a subtle dig at Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton on Twitter.

The former striker waded into some supporter critique after a 5-1 defeat for the Reds at Swansea.

He suggested that Lincoln City boss Michael Appleton is a better manager than the Championship promotion-winner after the latest loss.

The Imps are flying high in League One and his son Brennan is playing a starring role in their push to reach the second-tier.

Johnson will return to Forest in the summer and on current form, he’ll be an asset in the Reds’ ranks.

As a player, Johnson spent five years at the City Ground, proving a real hit with the club’s supporters.

He scored 50 goals in 165 appearances for the Reds and was part of Paul Hart’s team that reached the play-offs.

As a Forest supporter he will care deeply about the club’s current plight and the fact his son is on the books probably intensifies his passion.

Hughton is facing a fight to arrest Forest’s season, with the club still languishing extremely close to the relegation zone.


With several players under-performing, things might get worse before they get better and a big few weeks lie ahead.

Where do Forest go next?

Bogey side Barnsley arrive at the City Ground next week and Forest desperately need a lift.

It is just one defeat in seven in the Championship but after defeat to Middlesbrough and a thrashing to Swansea, morale will be low.

Hughton might look to strengthen his ranks in the wake of yesterday’s performance and it could prove to be a big week for Forest.

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To say Appleton is a better manager than the Forest boss is perhaps a little bit harsh.

The incumbent won nine of his first 30 matches in charge of the Imps and he too experienced a period of transition.

Forest must change their culture of sacking managers and Hughton will need time to get things right.

Plenty of players will be out of contract in the summer and a clear out will be required.

Hughton’s pedigree should buy him some time and in the short-term, the goal has to be to steer Forest away from the drop zone.

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