Nottingham Forest legend Nigel Clough has suggested that he saw Derby County’s plight coming. The Mansfield boss was quizzed on the Rams during the May 2022 issue of Four Four Two (page 85).
Clough is second on the all-time list of Forest goalscorers and perhaps surprisingly he took the Pride Park managerial position in 2009.
That saw him follow in the footsteps of his iconic father who also managed the Rams during his glittering career as a well-respected manager.
Clough upset Forest fans by taking the position and he came under fire from the fan base whenever his Derby outfit faced the Reds.
Still, he spent four years down the A52 but failed to make any seriously big waves with the Rams.
Derby’s current plight has seen them sit in administration for six months and right now, they’re bottom of the Championship table.
Clough has made some comments that suggested he saw the situation coming during his time at the club.
He told Four Four Two (May 2022; page 85): “I wouldn’t say it was a dream job – especially when we got in and realised what a state it was in. So no, it wasn’t a dream job at all.
“I remember being asked at the time if I was surprised at the size of the club, and I said that after living in Derby since the late 1960s, I was under no illusions.
“The one thing that did surprise me was how poor a state the club was in, from top to bottom.”
Clough comments on Derby won’t be surprising to Forest fans
It’s a really sorry state at Pride Park. The club sees liquidation hang over them and it’s a worrying time for their supporters.
For years fans claimed that Mel Morris had every club in the EFL on strings and now that notion is biting them on the behind.
Clough’s comments don’t make good reading. As soon as the boss left Derby, Forest fans were more than happy to start seeing the club legend in higher regard once again.
It would be somewhat sad if Derby folded. It will be bad enough seeing them relegated as Forest will need to find another club to hand them a mandatory four points minimum per season.
In all seriousness, it will be hoped the Rams can sort themselves out so that another instalment of ‘El Cloughico’ can be a thing of the future.