After Neil Warnock rejected Nottingham Forest’s approach to become their new manager, it has thrown the question of who will take over up in the air. With a fair few young and upcoming managers available- who will be appointed?
Zola may want the challenge of Championship football again after letting the dust settle on his resignation at Watford. The Italian was revered for his time with Watford, particularly in his first season when he guided the Hornets to the playoff final by playing arguably the most attractive football in the Championship.
He is a good fit at Nottingham Forest given the way he sets his sides up. The counter-attacking style he deployed at Watford is definitely suitable for Forest, who have effectively used their wing-play this season to cause problems for their opponents.
After he was dismissed at Cardiff City in December, the vacant Nottingham Forest post opens an excellent opportunity for Mackay to return to football management. The Scotsman was arguably the league’s best manager during his time at Cardiff City. By turning Cardiff’s defence into the sternness in the league, he turned them into a winning machine as they gained promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history.
With Nottingham Forest leaking goals and with them needing a quick-fix to save their season- Malky Mackay might the answer they are looking for.
A return to Nottingham Forest for Stuart Pearce is probably not ideal for Forest’s current situation. The 51-year-old, who has not managed at club level since 2007 when he was at Manchester City, is not cut out for the challenges the job would present. His experience as England-u21 is of little use with it being managerial position that is far more laid back than the average job at club level.
Perhaps one benefit the experience with England-u21s could give him is the ability to manage young emerging footballers. Considering the importance of youth players in the Championship, it could be a invaluable skill to have.
During his time in charge of West Brom, Steve Clarke presented himself as one of the best coaches in English football. In his first season he guided the Baggies to their highest Premier League finish of 8th by playing an attractive brand of football that was comparable to the tiki-taka style played by much of the world’s best football teams.
The Nottingham Forest job would be great for Steve Clarke to build up his reputation again as one of English football’s best upcoming managers. However given the cut-throat nature of the Nottingham Forest owners, it might not be the right job for him.
Currently in charge of Sporting Lisbon, Leonardo Jardim is perhaps the least likely of the candidates to take the vacant position. The Portuguese manager has manufactured himself a fine managerial career after coming through the coaching route as young man.
During his short time with Sporting Lisbon, he has turned them into a side languishing in mid-table to a side that is battling for the title. He has also recently managed Braga, who he led to a third-place finish in 2012.
There is no question of his record, but whether he could replicate it in the Championship is a whole other question to dwell over.