Nottingham Forest may have been handed a boost in their quest to appoint a new CEO. The Athletic claims that Dane Murphy’s contract at Barnsley expires at the end of this month.

The American is wanted in place at the City Ground. He has been eyed by Evangelos Marinakis as the man to replace the outgoing Ioannis Vrentzos.

Murphy has revolutionised the way in which the Tykes do things. Under his watch they have overseen a remarkable transformation both on and off the field.

Vrentzos looks set to head back to Greece. According to the report, it’s unclear at this stage whether he’ll retain any involvement at the City Ground.

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It was mentioned that Murphy had tendered his resignation at Oakwell. That isn’t true but details of his situation seem positive.

The 35-year-old is from America and joined Barnsley in July 2019. In two years the South Yorkshire club narrowly avoided relegation and then went onto reach the play-offs.

What can Forest expect from Murphy?

Murphy apparently has a very clear idea about the way in which the game should be played. His appointment would certainly represent a positive step in the right direction.

Barnsley have been among the lowest spenders in the Championship. Forest have haemorrhaged money in the past and a recruitment overhaul is required.

Typically the Tykes don’t pay transfer fees for players over 25. Their model has been built on signing players 24, with significant sell-on value.

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Barnsley’s approach is driven by data. Forest recently appointed analysis expert, George Syrianos and recruitment expert Chris Brass in a behind the scenes shake-up.

Murphy would a class appointment by the Reds. He is young, has experience of working in English football and as a result, he ultimately gets results.

Forest need a CEO with a proven track record. In the respected American, the Reds might just hit the jackpot.

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