Jobi McAnuff has suggested that he would like to see Nottingham Forest hand Steven Reid the chance to take the managerial job on a full time basis after the Reds’ win at Huddersfield Town.
Reid was handed the task of guiding Nottingham Forest through their first match in the Championship since the club made the decision to part company with Chris Hughton in midweek.
Forest were in need of picking up all three points to get their campaign back on track and finally secure their first win of the season.
Reid was able to help to deliver that and a change to a 3-4-2-1 formation helped to make a major difference for the Reds as they ran out 2-0 winners.
It was therefore a game that Reid showed he has the tactical awareness to potentially become a manager in the near future whether that be at the City Ground or elsewhere.
There are wide reports that Nottingham Forest are wanting to hand the reigns to former Swansea City manager Steve Cooper and give him the chance to take over from Hughton.
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Speaking on EFL on Quest, McAnuff suggested that he would like to see Reid get the chance to show what he can do in a full time managerial role at Forest.
Although he did also suggest that Cooper seems to be a strong fit for what Nottingham Forest are aiming to build moving forwards.
“Well for me there’s obviously a lot of talk about Steve Cooper, Steven Reid’s gone in and got a good result, whether he’d want to do it or not I don’t know, but I’d love to see him get an opportunity,” McAnuff said.
“But it looks as though from what you hear, Steve Cooper a man who has worked with squads that have been trimmed, which clearly Forest would have, young players as well and a good track record at this level.”
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Reid certainly showed that he has a lot of quality to bring to the table from a tactical point of view with the way that he set up Nottingham Forest at Huddersfield on Saturday.
Many supporters had been crying out to see something different from the Reds after Hughton’s use of a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-1-1 formation had been failing to get the best out of the players that are available to the Reds in their current squad.
The switch to a 3-4-2-1 enabled Forest to get more out of the likes of Lewis Grabban, Joe Lolley and Brennan Johnson going forwards.
It was a set-up that showed a lot of promise for the future. Therefore, Reid deserves a lot of credit for working with the players on it on the training ground.
It does seem that Cooper is going to get the job and he could well be an ideal fit for the role as McAnuff alludes to.
However, Reid showed a lot of potential promise with the way he got his side prepared for the trip to Huddersfield.
If anything unexpected happens with Cooper’s potential appointment that means that falls through, then Reid is a name that Forest might want to consider as an alternative.