European Cup-winning Nottingham Forest captain John McGovern has backed Chris Hughton to bring success to the club, during an interview with TalkSPORT (03/08; 1:25 pm).

The Reds ambassador was speaking on the Hawksbee and Rushden show at the EFL Launch Day which took place at the City Ground.

Hughton has been in charge at Forest since September. During 2020/21 he steadied the ship and guided the Reds to a 17th place finish.

Chris Hughton
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The Reds need to improve this season and Hughton now needs to stamp his own authority on the team.


McGovern has a long-standing association with the football club and he has offered some kind words about the Forest manager.

He told TalkSPORT (03/08; 1:25 pm): “Well, this club has always been positive with regards to signing players and bringing in the best manager that’s available.

“Chris is experienced, he’s a sensible lad. I’ve had a brief chat with him and he seems capable of bringing success to this football club.

“He’s got a degree of common sense but he will try and put together a group of players that will physically and mentally compete in this league.

“He needs the right characters who are willing to sell their souls to the devil for Nottingham Forest Football Club.”

Hughton set for big season at Forest

The Reds need to improve this season. Plenty of Forest fans feel that Hughton underachieved last season.

That notion would be a tad harsh given that he inherited a really unbalanced squad and has so far had just a single window to strengthen.

The 2021/22 campaign is a new start though and Forest need to get to work in the transfer market. Ethan Horvath is the only new addition to the ranks, with the American arriving on a free transfer.

Chris Hughton
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Forest have chopped and changed their managers far too frequently and it’s perhaps time to let Hughton do his job this season.

Some new additions would definitely help and hopefully, McGovern can be proved right to back Hughton ahead of the new campaign.

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