Bolton Wanderers defender Jack Hobbs has given a scathing review of his time with Nottingham Forest, accusing the club of not managing him well, report The Bolton News.
Hobbs moved to the City Ground from Hull City in January 2014 but struggled for form and suffered from injuries, going on to make just 84 appearances in four years.
“I wasn’t managed very well and Forest never got the best out of me,” Hobbs said.
“It was just frustration, really, especially during the years that were meant to be my peak.
“In the end, it turned into Groundhog Day, really.
“The team would struggle, the manager would get replaced, they would change a lot of players and staff and exactly the same thing would be happening eight or nine months later.”
The Reds travel to Lancashire tonight to face their former player in what could be a highly charged match for Hobbs.
The 30-year-old was released by Aitor Karanka at the end of last season after making just five appearances for Forest all year.
Phil Parkinson decided to bring him to Bolton as part of his summer overhaul, with the centre-back making six league appearances already, becoming a regular starter in the team over the last four matches.
The Trotters currently sit in 18th place in the Championship table and are just six points clear of Preston North End, who occupy the final relegation spot.
Forest, on the other hand, are in 12th but could move back into the play-off places with a win against Hobbs’ current club.
It is hard to either agree or disagree with Hobbs here as we do not know the ins and outs of the Forest managers in that time.
But he was certainly very unlucky with injuries during his Forest spell, so you could perhaps argue the club could have worked harder to prevent and treat these injuries.
Either way, Hobbs will certainly be keen to prove himself to his former employers.
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