Steven Reid has told the Garibaldi Red podcast that something Chris Hughton did at Nottingham Forest was ‘quite incredible’. The former first-team coach has been discussing his time on Trentside and he’s looked back at some fond memories.
Forest went from the bottom of the Championship after eight games to the Play-Off Final at Wembley. Steve Cooper oversaw a remarkable rise up the table and defeated Huddersfield 1-0 at the national stadium to reach the Premier League.
It was Hughton who brought Reid to the club though. He was one of the manager’s first appointments after checking in, with the former Blackburn manager taking the step into senior coaching.
Things never worked out for Hughton at Forest. He failed to deliver the level of performance he got out of the Brighton team he managed and was eventually sacked.
Reid was surprised though. It would seem that the former Reds boss left no stone unturned in his quest to ensure he was a City Ground success story.
He told the Garibaldi Red podcast: “It’s hard to put your finger on why it went wrong with Chris. It was a really odd time with covid and no fans there. It never seemed to click, never seemed to work and that happens in football.
“Still to this day, the hours we put in under Chris were quite incredible. It can happen that the connection never really gets going. It was rare that it didn’t work for him.”
Reid says something Hughton did was incredible but it just didn’t work
Football is a funny old game. Sometimes certain clubs just don’t suit certain people and perhaps that was the case with Hughton at Forest.
Whatever the boss tried it just didn’t come off. It was a drab season and many supporters were thankful that they couldn’t go to games at that time.
Hughton was rightly sacked after seven games of the 2021/22 campaign. After one point from those games, it was time for a change and Forest haven’t looked back.
Reid highlighted his credentials as a coach. He was kept on by Cooper and led the Reds to their first win of the season which came in a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield.
The former Premier League midfielder is now trying to forge a career as a mental health coach. As one of the game’s good guys, it’s a role that he should do with great success.