Nottingham Forest fans may be concerned by the comments of former defender Jack Hobbs, who lined up for Bolton against them last night, in a 3-0 Forest win in the Championship.
Hobbs spoke about his time at Forest to Bolton News: “I had my fair share of injuries and even after those I wasn’t managed very well and Forest never got the best out of me, never saw the best of me. It was just frustration, really, especially during the years that were meant to be my peak. It should really have been a time of trying to achieve promotion.”
“In the end it turned into Groundhog Day, really. The team would struggle, the manager would get replaced, they would change a lot of players and staff and exactly the same thing would be happening eight or nine months later. It was really frustrating.”
So are Hobbs’ comments about Forest fair?
Hard to comment without knowing the full facts, what goes on behind the scenes is subject to some conjecture.
He is back fit and playing well for Bolton though, something he struggled with at Forest.
I always felt Hobbs could have played top flight football, so maybe there’s truth in his comments.
Hobbs featured heavily for Forest in the early stages of his time there, but a lack of appearances in his later years at the club would have frustrated Hobbs.
He made just 11 appearances in his last two seasons with the Reds and his comments will be a concern for Forest fans this season, who will not want to see a repeat of this situation with any of their players this year.
He’s got every right to be frustrated, but I wouldn’t say it’s a fair comment.
Hobbs had far too many injuries – of course they aren’t his fault – but I don’t see how he could be included when there’s a risk he could get injured that easily.