Neil Warnock has told TalkSPORT that Nottingham Forest defender Djed Spence needed to sort himself out. The former Middlesbrough manager was responsible for loaning the right-back to the City Ground in August.
Spence has excelled at Forest. He has made 19 appearances for the club and was excellent as the Reds defeated Arsenal in the FA Cup.
New Boro boss Chris Wilder said last week that the player would be allowed to spend the season at Forest. It had seemed likely for some time that the 21-year-old would be recalled by Middlesbrough once the transfer window opened.
Forest fans have loved watching Spence in action. It seems as though Warnock didn’t quite feel the same about him when he managed him at the Riverside Stadium.
He believes that the player had to buck his ideas up and revealed his conception of the player this morning.
Warnock told TalkSPORT (12/01; 09:46): “I let him go, he needed to sort himself out really. I basically said to him that you can go to the top or you can go non-league. I think Steve Cooper is the manager for him to be honest. He’s let him go forward more often which suits his game.”
Harsh: Warnock comments on Forest man Spence highlight poor man-management
No manager has won more promotions than Neil Warnock. Every dog has its day though and perhaps the veteran is highlighting that the modern game is slowly passing him by.
Spence needed some love. Warnock chose the tough love option and that didn’t work. Instead, he washed his hands of him and strengthened another Championship rival.
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It’s been clear in his performances that the youngster just needed to play football and more crucially, feel wanted.
Middlesbrough’s loss is Forest’s gain. The challenge for the Reds now is to work out a way of making his loan move permanent at the end of the campaign!