Who have been the best and worst managers at Nottingham Forest in the last 20 years? – Kenny Burns


I can’t say I was that shocked that Nottingham Forest and Notts County are in the top 10 clubs in the country, when it comes to changing managers in the last 20 years.

Between them they’ve had 40 boss in that time, with Notts having hired and fired more than any other team.

It’s a ridiculous figure and it’s pretty obvious they’ve both changed too often.

You’ve got to give a manager time to shape his vision and get a side playing how he wants, with his players.

Neither Forest or Notts have done that. Then to compound matters they’ve made some really duff appointments.

You get to the stage where you do have to fire the rubbish ones and it creates a vicious circles.

Philippe Montanier would regularly change his Nottingham Forest team

In terms of Forest, we’ve had some really bad managerial appointments.

You can look at David Platt and Gary Megson, but for me, Philippe Montanier was worse than both of them.

Platt was given a load of money and wasted it all, while Megson couldn’t get a League One team going.

They struggled badly, but Montanier was really dragging the whole club down. It was a big gamble appointing someone who had never managed in England and it backfired badly.

The team at the start of last season had some awful players, they couldn’t defend and they weren’t fit enough.

Defending is the easiest thing to do in football. Head it, kick it and block it. That’s all.

Scoring goals is much harder. That’s why the biggest transfer fees go on strikers.

When it comes to the best managers of the last 20 years, you’ve got to say Billy Davies was successful. He did a good job in terms of results.

He was arguably the most successful on the pitch over a sustained period. You have to look at the bigger picture though.

Former Forest boss Paul Hart
Former Forest boss Paul Hart

He’s not worked since Forest sacked him for a second time and any club who gives him a job clearly hasn’t done their homework.

You’ve got to do that when you’re bringing someone in, whether they are a player or a manager. It’s like when Peter Taylor was at Forest, he had someone follow me to Perry Bar dog track!

Fortunately I wasn’t a big gambler and they still signed me from Birmingham.

Billy was his own worst enemy at Forest as he was always picking fights. It must have been a miserable club to be at day to day.

Paul Hart did a great job. He played pure, pure football and almost took the team to the Premier League. Not only that, he also brought through a lot of young players.

They learned about men’s football very quickly after being thrown in at the deep end and a lot of them went to have really good careers.

They’ve got a good manager now in Mark Warburton. I think this year is about making it his team.

Mark Warburton

It’s getting to be his side, but that’s an ongoing process.

Next season you might be able to expect a bit more from them, depending how they finish up this season. It’s still important not to be too ambitious this season.

It’s a new team that is learning all the time.

I think Forest can kick on from where they are now, two points off the play-offs.

They’re coming off the back of a great result going into the international break. The 4-0 win against QPR will mean there’s a great atmosphere around training this week I’m sure.

They go to Birmingham on Saturday and my old club are really struggling this season.

You look at it and say there are three points there for Forest, if they produce a good performance.

I’ve seen Birmingham a few times this season and there was nothing much there to impress me.

Another three points and Forest will be on a good roll. They could even be in the top six as we start to head into Christmas.



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