Nottingham Forest legend Nigel Clough has said that he thinks the Reds fan base will miss being in the same league as Derby County.

The Rams were relegated to League One on Easter Monday, following a 1-0 defeat at QPR.

It will see Derby entertaining the likes of Shrewsbury and Cambridge next season, whilst Forest are still competing for a place in the Premier League.

Clough has managed Derby but is now in charge of Mansfield Town who are vying for a place in the Rams’ league next season.

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The legendary former Forest striker has heaped praise on Forest and also believes some fans will miss Derby being in the same league.

He told the Mansfield Chad: “It’s been contrasting fortunes between the East Midlands rivals. At Forest, everything is bubbling along lovely for them.

“Every time they play something seems to happen. I don’t think at Luton they got the breaks but apart from that everything has gone for Forest, whilst at Derby, it’s been the opposite.

“It’s very sad and I think a lot of Forest fans will be sad to Derby go as they enjoy the rivalry.

“They’ll be gloating a bit at the minute but I don’t think it’s good for the East Midlands that they’ve gone out of the league.”

Clough is wrong, Forest won’t miss Derby

The son of Brian is rarely wrong. On this occasion, however, Forest and Derby might just welcome a year or two – or longer – without each other.

It’s reasonable to say that the Derby games have grown stale in recent memory and perhaps it needs a bit of fire adding in the future.

With that in mind, not playing each other next year could well be healthy for the clubs.

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Forest have their eyes set on the Premier League anyway and that would have meant leaving Derby behind even if they had stayed up.

Clough does have a foot in both camps but on this occasion, he’s wrong to suggest that Forest fans will be sad at the Derby demise.

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