It has been a turbulent season for Nottingham Forest to say the least as their season begins to fizzle out in the most disappointing of circumstances.
The Reds looked to be onto something special under Aitor Karanka in the first half of the campaign, but the Spaniard was soon to leave the City Ground despite the club sitting within touching distance of the play-off spots.
In came club legend Martin O’Neill, an appointment that certainly raised eyebrows amongst the City Ground faithful. But the Irishman failed to get to grips with the squad left at his disposal, and the Reds ultimately saw their push for the play-offs stagnate.
A win over Middlesbrough on Monday stopped the rot for the time being, picking up four straight league defeats before the 3-0 home win over Tony Pulis’ men.
The general consensus of Forest fans still want O’Neill to leave at the end of the season, so what next for the experienced manager? We exclusively caught up with EFL on Quest pundit Stephen Warnock, who discussed the future of O’Neill at Forest.
He said: “Martin will be telling the board that he needs different players in – he’ll be saying that it’s not his squad. He’ll be wanting players that suit his playing style.
“I just look at Martin now and just wonder whether he needs to rethink the way he does things. The game has moved on massively in the last 10 to 15 years.
“People will say that it’s still two goals, a ball on a pitch and 11 players each, but it’s everything else behind-the-scenes. Whether that means someone else coming onto the coaching staff, along with himself and Roy Keane, that can bring that new dynamic, I’m not sure.
“But, otherwise, the board have got a tough decision to make, as they thought he was the right man for the job and that he would take Forest forward, but it doesn’t seem that way right now.”