The work officially starts now for Nottingham Forest following the confirmation of Dane Murphy as the club’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Murphy has been announced as the Reds’ new CEO, after spending two years at Barnsley and helping them reach the play-off semi-finals last term.
The American now joins Forest looking to drive forward the club’s new recruitment strategy, with a new-look team being assembled behind-the-scenes.
Chris Hughton has added only one new signing to his squad this summer, with goalkeeper Ethan Horvath arriving on a three-year deal following his departure from Club Brugge.
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But the manager will now be hoping that transfer activity quickens following Murphy’s appointment, with the forthcoming season nearly upon us.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Murphy has touched on Chris Hughton, labelling him as a “well respected” and “successful” manager.
Murphy said: “However, the work starts now. We have transfer business to conduct with Chris Hughton who is an extremely well respected, experienced and successful manager at the highest levels of the game.
“We have a challenging but exciting journey ahead of us. I can assure every supporter of this football club that everybody fortunate to work at and represent your club will not rest until we bring you the success that you deserve.”
Murphy’s comments on Hughton are interesting and it certainly looks as if the 62-year-old has backing from his new CEO.
Murphy, during his time at Barnsley, appointed two Head Coaches in Gerhard Struber and then Valerien Ismael, who are two slightly inexperienced coaches compared to Hughton.
But the blend of youth and experience Murphy and Hughton bring could work really well for Forest, and it will be interesting to see how their ideas mix together.
One thing is for sure – they need to start bringing in new players, especially in the final third, as they look to aim for promotion next season.