Nigel Clough has told Four Four Two that he’d have been successful at Nottingham Forest under Nigel Doughty.
The Reds legend has been linked with the Reds managerial position several times in the past.
When Fawaz Al-Hasawi was the club’s owner, Clough was finely poised to take the job when he was at Burton Albion.
That fell through, however, with Clough unable to part with the Brewers whilst they were in a Championship relegation battle.
Clough sits second on the all-time leading goalscorers list at Forest. He spent several glorious years on Trentside, scoring 131 goals for the football club.
Now, he’s trying to mastermind promotion to League One with Mansfield Town and they’re bang in the mix.
The Stags still have three games in hand on their rivals and stand a real chance of automatic promotion during 2021/22.
It seems impossible for Clough to do an interview these days without him being asked about the Forest job.
Recently he sat down with Four Four Two and he was quizzed on whether or not he sees himself in the City Ground hot seat one day.
He told Four Four Two (May 2022; page 84): “You never know but the longer it goes on, the less likely it is to happen.
“When it came up before, Burton were in the Championship and it just wasn’t right.
“I regret not having the chance to work with Nigel Doughty as I think what he did for the club over a number of years was quite incredible.
“If we’d have taken over at Forest, Gary Crosby and I would have looked after the money he’d invested and had a very good chance of success.”
Forest job looks unlikely for Clough
The former Reds player will always be welcome on Trentside. It has to be said, however, that his dream of managing the club does look over.
He is doing great things with Mansfield Town and promotion is a genuine possibility this season.
With Clough at the helm, there is no reason why the Stags can’t go well next year too.
He overachieved for years at Burton and Mansfield are in a far better position financially than the Brewers ever were.
Clough needs no introduction to Forest fans but managing the club seems almost certainly a ship that has now sailed into the sunset.