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Nathan Tyson urges Forest to stick with Chris Hughton to break cycle

Former Nottingham Forest favourite Nathan Tyson has urged his old club to give manager Chris Hughton long-term backing as he admits they have been ‘hard to watch’ from afar in recent years.

Tyson played in the Forest team which last made the Championship play-offs a decade ago under Billy Davies.

Since then, the Reds have had 13 managers, including a second stint for Davies. Only Sabri Lamouchi has taken Forest to the brink of the top six, but he will be remembered for their horrific collapse at the end of last season.

Speaking on this week’s Garibaldi Red podcast, Tyson, who now plays for Chesterfield, urged owner Evangelos Marinakis to show long-term faith in Hughton to give the club the best chance of breaking the cycle.


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“The problem is you keep chopping and changing managers,” the 39-year-old striker said. “When was the last time they were in the play-offs?

“You’ve got to look back quite a while now. It’s because there’s been chops and changes to managers. It’s not just Forest, it’s every team.

“These owners come in and what I don’t get is that their businesses, they’ve started up from nothing and taken their time to earn their hundreds of thousands, millions, whatever it is – that takes time.

“Football is no different. Being a football manager is no different. You need time. As soon as you come in you need to get rid of the players that you don’t want, which means the club’s got to pay them up or ship them out.

“Then the manager needs to bring his players in and then he needs to gel them all together. That doesn’t just happen in a week.

“Sometimes you might see a couple of weeks of reaction where you go unbeaten for three, four or five games and then suddenly it peters away. Then people start asking questions.

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“You’ve had the initial spark, but after that is now long term thinking of joining the squad together. It takes time. It’s not an overnight fix and that’s the problem.

“Owners just want success straight away. If you sign a manager in, say in the summer, they want to be promoted by Christmas.

“That doesn’t make sense, you’ve still got the other half of the season to go, but owners don’t see that.

“Then they listen to the fans who are not happy or disgruntled and that effects in their decision making as well.

“With Forest, it’s always been the same problem – too many managers, too many players. If you have a business and you’ve got too many employees coming in and out then it’s not going to succeed, it’s just going to fall flat and you’re not going to go anywhere.

“That’s the problem I see with Forest. It’s not necessarily been the managers, well maybe sometimes, but not necessarily always.

“Chris needs time – time to build that team and then judge him by the end of next season.

“Could you say that they’ve had a good season this year? There’s not really been anything about it and they’re not really going anywhere.

“You don’t want to get stuck in that that rut where you’re just constantly wasting money on new managers, new players. The turnover, it’s diabolical at times and it’s frustrating as a former player who admires the football club.

“It’s just, it’s hard work to watch sometimes. They’ve got they’ve got the manager now in my eyes, that can really push the club forward to where it needs to be.”

You can listen to the full episode with Tyson and BBC Radio Nottingham’s Colin Fray here, or watch it here.

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