Nottingham Forest eyed a move for Spanish head coach Marcelino earlier this season but now he’s in line for a big role. The Reds were reportedly keen on the 57-year-old in October when Steve Cooper’s position was under consideration.

Forest decided to stick with the man that helped them to promotion last season. They actually handed him a new three-year contract and everything on that front appears to have calmed down somewhat now.

Marcelino was one of many names linked with a possible gig at Forest. He was also mentioned as a candidate for the Brighton job but it was claimed that he turned both Premier League clubs down.

Forest linked Marcelino
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It would seem as though he was holding out for a huge job. Now, he might be about to get one as the Spanish Football Federation consider alternatives to Luis Enrique following the World Cup, according to Football Espana.

Spain were knocked out of the competition on Tuesday night. They were surprisingly dumped out by Morocco with the African outfit beating them on penalties following a 0-0 draw inside 120 minutes.

Roberto Martinez and Luis de la Fuente are also under consideration. It would appear, however, that Marcelino holds the aces and is in pole position should they decide to part with Enrique.

Forest eyed Marcelino but now he’s got bigger fish to fry

The man linked with Forest would surely jump at this chance. He’s a proud Spaniard and ultimately he could bring lots of experience to the national team if he’s given the nod to take the role.

Marcelino has managed a number of clubs. He has most notably held positions at Sevilla, Villarreal, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao, winning the Copa del Rey with Valencia during the 2018/19 campaign.

Forest linked Marcelino
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Forest were right to stick with Cooper though. Marcelino has only ever managed in Spain and it would have been far too big of a risk to throw him straight into a Premier League dogfight in the Premier League.

Now, he could be about to embark on his dream job. Marcelino would be an ideal candidate to replace Enrique and he will now be waiting by the phone for the nod to take the Spain role.

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