Dane Murphy has officially arrived at Nottingham Forest and he’s immediately spoken fondly about the club’s boss Chris Hughton.
Shortly after his official unveiling, the new Reds CEO sat down with the club’s official media team. During the chat, he spoke articulately and at length about his plans for the future.
At 35, Murphy is relatively young to be in such a high-profile position. His work so far during his career, however, simply cannot be ignored.
At Barnsley, the team went from avoiding relegation on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign, to reaching the play-offs last season.
A large part of the success was down to the meticulous nature of Murphy pulling the strings behind the scenes.
Forest have added just one player to their ranks so far this summer. Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath was signed on a free transfer last week as the club’s first arrival.
Murphy can’t wait to start working with Hughton on adding new players and was full of praise for the manager.
He told the club’s official YouTube channel: “The work starts now. We have transfer business to conduct with Chris Hughton who is an extremely well respected, experienced and successful manager at the highest levels of the game. We have a challenging but exciting journey ahead of us.”
Murphy checks in at Forest: Time to back Hughton
These initial comments from the new CEO sound very positive. Hughton will be delighted to hear that one priority is to start strengthening the squad and the recruitment drive could now be kick-started.
Forest must prioritise quality over quantity this summer. Murphy’s comments on having a strategy and trusting younger players are certainly something that will delight the fan base.
Finding the right balance will be key and it seems pretty clear that the new CEO can’t wait to start chewing the fat on transfers with Hughton.
For supporters, it’s now time to trust the process and throw their weight behind both Murphy and Hughton for the foreseeable.