Only Bolton Wanderers' form in the Championship is worse than that of Nottingham Forest. After the sacking of Dougie Freedman and without a win under current manager Paul Williams, even after a good second half display against promotion chasing Brighton & Hove Albion, questions are being asked of Forest and their hierarchy.
Ever since Fawaz Al-Hasawi took over the East-Midlands club over in July 2012, there has been a revolving door of managers from Sean O'Driscoll to most recently Dougie Freedman. In the Al-Hasawi reign, no manager has lasted a single season in charge of Forest.
There is a rapidly growing concern from the Forest fan base, with some supporters and pundits alike, critiquing the way the club is run. With Al-Hasawi acting as Chairman of the board and with no CEO in place, people have questioned how long this setup can continue before the club is run into relegation.
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The only saving grace of the Al-Hasawi reign is the amount of money that the owners have pumped into the club, but the silver lining in this cloud is slowing turning grey, with mismanagement leading Forest to be under a transfer-embargo due to late payments involving the transfer of Britt Assombalonga from Peterborough United. This, as well as reports of late payments to staff, players and other clubs adds to the growing concerns of the club.
The club is far from its glory days that they achieved under legendary figure Brian Clough. How longer can the club continue to be run in this way before a fan revolt happens?
The ownership now need to look seriously to both the immediate and long term future of the club. Even with a small cushion between them and relegation, it it not an unlikely possibility to believe that without a win soon, this club could become embroiled in a relegation battle leading up to the end of the season.
A new manager is needed desperately, and when that manager is appointed he must be allowed the freedom and trust in his job that has not been offered to the managers previously at Forest.
Another must is a CEO. For me, the issue with the club is not the chairman itself. Fawaz Al-Hawasi is nothing more than a supporter who is running his club and it doesn't look like he means any harm but he is just ill-advised in his job. A trusted manager under a good CEO with the financial backing of the Al-Hawasi family could be just the recipe Forest need.
There have been many managers linked to the Forest job in recent weeks, with one of the favourites, Nigel Pearson being spotted at the City Ground in the game against Brighton. Reports also state that Martin O'Neill, who was part of the famous Clough team that won two European Cups, has also been contacted regarding the available position.
The money is there and the players have the ability to get into the top six, but with a string of player injuries, bad performances and mismanagement, the club looks, for lack of a better word, in shambles.
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