Chris Sutton and saying things for cheap clicks are a match made in heaven. The man who could pick an argument with someone in an empty phonebox has now waded into Nottingham Forest and their sacking of Chris Hughton.
Steven Reid masterminded a 2-0 win for the Reds. It was the team’s first league win of the season and it came at the eighth attempt in the Championship.
Sutton felt as though the players should feel ashamed of themselves, stating his disgust at Forest picking up in the wake of his departure.
He said on BT Sport: “Shame on the players…It’s the same group of players who have played the opening six games and been woeful. They should have been doing that earlier on in the season.”
For starters, it clearly slipped Sutton’s mind that seven games had come prior to yesterday, highlighting probably how clueless the ex-Celtic man is when it comes to the Championship.
Is Sutton right to suggest Forest players are shameful?
It’s fair to say that performances hadn’t been good enough prior to yesterday. Ultimately, however, the players can only do what a manager asks them to do.
Hughton’s stubborn 4-2-3-1 approach this season had been mindboggling and clearly, the players have felt stifled. The performances have been drab and a win has looked unlikely.
Yesterday, Reid mixed it up. He deployed three central defenders, with two wing-backs. That allowed Forest to focus on getting the likes of Joe Lolley and Brennan Johnson on the ball to create chances for Lewis Grabban.
Hughton must have felt somewhat uneasy following the game. He’s faced questions all season about his inability to mix things up and constantly used excuses regarding the players available to him.
Forest’s squad isn’t one that is bad enough to be sitting at the bottom of the Championship. It’s a squad full of burgeoning talents and whoever replaces the departed boss has to be capable of getting the best out of them.
Reid’s tactical tweak probably trumped anything Hughton did in just under a year in charge yesterday. That alone showcases that Forest made the right call to part with their manager earlier this week.