The Trent End

How can Hughton turn jumbled Nottingham Forest squad into promotion contenders this summer?

Having gone from sustaining a promotion challenge for most of last season to fighting to avoid getting sucked into the fray at the other end of the table more recently, the task facing Chris Hughton at Nottingham Forest remains a simple — but not insignificant — one.

Even though safety is now all but secured, the challenge is unchanged from the moment he arrived in October — he must bring calm to the chaos. 

A squad assembled during the tenure of four different managers was always likely to lack a coherent identity. The fingerprints of Hughton’s influence have been evident, but the work the club does in the next window will be mightily significant. 

With the best intentions, the Championship club confused things

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