Nottingham Forest are eyeing a move to appoint Chris Wilder as the club’s new manager. Chris Hughton’s position is under serious scrutiny after a winless start to 2021/22 and The Sun on Sunday (29/08; page 60), claims the axe could be about to fall.
Wilder has been out of work since leaving Sheffield United in March. The latest report claims he is keen to get back into work and would jump at the chance to manage Forest, despite their current predicament.
The Reds got their first point on the board in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Derby County. Brennan Johnson scored with eight minutes remaining to cancel out Tom Lawrence’s first-half strike.
Now, new Forest CEO Dane Murphy is weighing up whether to make the change prior to the team’s next game against Cardiff City after the international break.
Wilder would be a relatively straightforward appointment. He is currently a free agent and it’s claimed he’d be willing to take the job with the current group of players in place at the club.
The 53-year-old would then take stock of the situation ahead of the January transfer window where he would likely seek some new recruits.
Wilder departed Sheffield United in emotional fashion. He is a boyhood Blades fan and took them from League One to the Premier League. The manager departed after a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s owners.
Would Wilder be a good appointment for Forest?
Based on the work he did at Bramall Lane he probably would be an eye-catching appointment. When he left the South Yorkshire-based club, Rio Ferdinand claimed he loved him on BT Sport, suggesting United should build a statue of him.
Right now, Forest supporters would take a change in the dugout. Fresh ideas are required and Wilder was renowned at Bramall Lane for playing a brand of football that was easy on the eye.
Forest have some really promising, young, attacking talent which is being stifled right now. Wilder is a sound coach and perhaps his methods can reap some reward for the Reds on the pitch.