Stan Collymore is a Nottingham Forest legend. Make no bones about it, fans of all ages will have the former striker down as one of the club’s best-ever players.
The former talisman spent two seasons at the City Ground, firing the team to promotion in 1993/94 with 19 goals from 28 games. He scored the crucial goal that saw the Reds come from 2-0 down to beat Peterborough and as a result, win promotion
The next season was even better. Collymore took the Premier League by storm, scoring 22 goals and helping Forest earn a third-place finish in the Premier League.
That feat remains the highest place achieved by a newly-promoted team in the modern era and looks unlikely to be replicated any time soon.
Collymore was linked with Manchester United during that successful season. In July 1995, however, the talisman was snapped up by Liverpool for a fee of £8.5 million; a club record fee received at the time.
The talisman went on to play for Aston Villa, Leicester, Bradford and Real Oviedo before retiring in 2001. He also collected three caps for his country.
Now, he works in the media. With that in mind, Collymore has made some comments in the past 24 hours that might seem somewhat ironic to Forest supporters.
The former Red has been discussing Steven Gerrard on Twitter. The Rangers boss is linked with Aston Villa and Collymore has supported the club all of his life.
What has Collymore said about Gerrard that might intrigue Forest fans?
There has been quite a bit of debate over Gerrard would be making a step up by leaving Rangers to take over the vacancy at Villa Park.
Collymore certainly thinks that he would be, As a result, he’s slammed the notion that he would use Villa as a stepping stone for a bigger job.
He believes that Villa have earned their status over 150 years.
Of course, he has a point, Villa are huge, but oh the irony, Stan!
Collymore was worshipped on Trentside and Forest have a very similar history to Villa.
That didn’t stop him from having his head turned by Liverpool. He spent two years at Forest before heading to Anfield.
Money talks in football as does ambition.
Collymore will always say leaving Forest wasn’t about the money. Indeed, Liverpool were better positioned at the time to challenge for honours.
Gerrard is a good manager and he’ll have designs on managing his beloved Liverpool one day.
If he goes to Villa, does well and eventually, Liverpool comes calling, he will be off in a shot to manage the club of his dreams.
For Stan to suggest anything else is ‘cobblers’.