Andy Hinchcliffe has stated that Stoke City’s Friday night fixture with Nottingham Forest is a last chance for manager, Nathan Jones, to get a victory.
The Potters have been terrible so far this season and find themselves sitting deep in the relegation zone having failed to record a victory in the current campaign.
Things were made worse on Tuesday night when they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two side, Crawley Town.
Jones is now under pressure, and will want to get what could be a crucial victory on Friday night when they face Sabri Lamouchi’s Nottingham Forest.
Hinchcliffe believes that if they lose the game, that could be the end of Jones’ spell in charge of the club.
Speaking to the EFL Podcast, Hinchcliffe said: “Clearly at Stoke, something needs to happen, something has to be the catalyst to spark the season and get Stoke moving in the right direction.
“Maybe the defeat to Crawley will be where the tide turns, but I do feel if they do lose to Forest, then Nathan Jones must be pretty much finished.
“Jones started talking about the attitude and level of performance in the defeat at Crawley and that is a major cause for concern.
“I feel it is a last chance saloon for Jones on Friday night.”
It’s set to be an interesting game for many reasons on Friday night. Stoke have to win sooner or later or risk being too far adrift at the foot of the table.
There’s massive incentive for Forest though, as a win would see Lamouchi and his side sit top of the Championship table heading into Saturday’s fixtures.
It should be a cracker under the lights, and I have to agree with Hinchcliffe as I feel a loss here would have to signal the end for Jones.