Former Nottingham Forest player Sean Dyche was spotted in the crowd as the Reds booked their place at Wembley for the Championship play-off final.
Steve Cooper’s team defeated Sheffield United 3-2 on penalties after the Blades had won 2-1 on the night to send the contest into extra time.
Forest held their nerve in the shootout, however, with goalkeeper Brice Samba saving three Blades penalties to send Forest through.
Now, attention will turn to Wembley. Forest face Huddersfield later this month and have beat the Terriers in two of the three games they’ve played this season.
The Reds won away at Huddersfield in September; whilst Forest also knocked Carlos Corberan’s team out of the FA Cup earlier this season.
What has happened before is irrelevant now though. Forest will play the Terriers in a one-off game with the winners taking the final spot in next season’s Premier League.
One man who has just come out of the top flight is Dyche. He was sacked by Burnley in April and is now awaiting his next opportunity.
It does seem unlikely that he will be walking into United or Forest any time soon.
Cooper is a genius and he’s worshipped on Trentside, whilst the Blades board handed Paul Heckingbottom a long-term when he was appointed earlier this season.
Dyche spotted at Forest but there’s no vacancy on Trentside
The former Clarets manager was likely in place to merely watch a game. He was dressed immaculately as always and was a keen spectator of the pulsating match.
Right now, however, there isn’t a vacancy at Forest. Cooper is working wonders and unless he’s headhunted in the summer, he will remain at the City Ground.
Dyche’s next job is likely to come in the Premier League. He was at Turf Moor for nine and a half years and is unlikely to drop into the Championship again.
That makes it all the more mysterious as to why he was at the City Ground last night, although he was perhaps in attendance as someone who has a soft spot for Forest.
He didn’t actually play a first-team game for the Reds during his playing days. Instead, he became a stalwart at Chesterfield where he spent seven years.
Previously he has spoken fondly of Brian Clough and as a result, perhaps Dyche was rooting for a Forest victory last night.