Nottingham Forest fans love to hate Neil Warnock. The situation surrounding Djed Spence, however, inadvertently proves that the Middlesbrough manager absolutely loves the Reds!

Back in 2014, Fawaz Al-Hasawi desperately wanted Warnock to manage Forest. A replacement for Billy Davies was being eyed towards the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

After discussions with the controversial former owner though, Warnock couldn’t get back over Trent Bridge quick enough. He turned the job down and Forest were back to square one.

Warnock has openly spoken fondly of Forest. Having managed Notts County, he’s aware of the history that Brian Clough created and indeed what that did for the city of Nottingham.

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The manager would have welcomed the chance to grace the same chair that Brian did; although that chance has never, and seems unlikely to, ever come to fruition.

Eyebrows were raised when Forest were allowed to sign Spence by their divisional rivals. The Reds were given the green light to take the 21-year-old on loan for the season.

As Spence was playing fantastically well once again for Forest, Boro fans were forced to watch on as Lee Peltier played right-back for them.

Warnock’s team were beaten 1`-0 and the ex-Forest loanee was booked. He is a trusted player of the boss’, with Peltier spending time at Leeds with him.

Warnock has done Forest a massive favour over Spence

Boro’s loss is a massive gain for Forest. Spence was named Man of the Match by the sponsors at yesterday’s game and he was brilliant throughout.

There is no other reason for Boro to sanction such a loan, other than the fact that Warnock is desperate for the Reds to do well!

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Of course, that might seem somewhat tongue in cheek but Boro fans must be scratching their heads at the deal, with Peltier nowhere near the level of Spence.

Forest look to have got themselves a class loan deal over Spence and perhaps it proves once and for all that Warnock is out of the closet when it comes to being a Reds supporter.

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