According to The Athletic, Nottingham Forest are preparing to make changes behind the scenes this summer, in a bid to revive the club’s fortunes.

Crucially, Ioannis Vrentzos looks set to finally leave the club, with Barnsley CEO Dane Murphy identified as his replacement.

The current chief executive is to return to Athens, although it’s unclear at this stage whether or not he will retain any involvement.

Murphy looks like an exciting appointment for Forest. He has helped Barnsley go from the brink of relegation to the cusp of promotion in the space of two years.

Forest Murphy
Murphy is wanted by Forest; Photo; Chris Brunskill; Getty Images)

The American is considered a young man with fresh ideas on how the modern game should be played.

At Oakwell he has identified several bargains, placing emphasis on signing players under 24 with vast sell-on value.

Barnsley reached the play-offs last season, despite being a minute away from relegation back to League One a year earlier.

A 94th minute goal against Forest meant they lived to survive until the final day. A win over Brentford then provided the catalyst for them to kick on during 2020/21.

 

The Tykes played some lovely football last season. Murphy hit the jackpot with the appointment of Valerien Ismael and with Gerhard Struber before him.

A modern way of thinking can only benefit Forest behind the scenes and the club will hope to get a deal done for Murphy.

How significant will Murphy’s appointment be for Forest?

This has the potential to be a massive step in the right direction for the football club.

Forest have shot themselves in the foot time and time again when it comes to recruitment and that needs to change.

Murphy has the potential to be one of the club’s best pieces of business of the summer if the Reds can secure his signature.

Mistakes have been made in the past when it comes to signing players. Indeed, getting someone in with a knack of attracting younger talent certainly won’t be a bad thing.

Marinakis has identified Murphy for Forest role
Marinakis is eyeing Murphy for Forest role; Photo; LINDSEY PARNABY; AFP; Getty Images

Vrentzos heading out is perhaps the big news from the article produced by The Athletic today.

It sounds as though he has made more mistakes than those on the recruitment side of things and his decision to return to Athens is huge for the club.

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