After the recent departure of Aitor Karanka, Slavisa Jokanovic is the man that Nottingham Forest reportedly want to become the new manager of the club.
The Slovenian has been out of work since his departure from Fulham in November, and with speculation rife at the City Ground, FLW writer George Harbey discusses the potential appointment of the 50-year old, in our new six-pointer feature.
First of all, would Jokanovic be a good appointment for Forest if he was the man to succeed Karanka?
I think Jokanovic would be an excellent appointment for Forest – he’s got everything they need.
He has experience of winning promotion at this level with Watford and Fulham, his style of football is magnificent to watch, and overall, I just feel as if it would give Forest fans a lift after such a compelling blow of late.
Any other appointment, I feel, is a backward step after parting company with Karanka.
Do Forest have the players that can adapt to Jokanovic’s attacking style of football?
Absolutely – Forest have a plethora of attacking talent that possess so much pace and skill going forward.
The likes of Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho has been instrumental in midfield for Forest this season, and although the latter may not have recorded as many goals or assists as he perhaps would have liked, he’s been an integral cog in attack.
Forest’s 4-2-3-1 formation very much suits the style that Jokanovic played at Fulham last season, where they, of course, gained promotion to the Premier League.
How do you think Forest fans would react if Jokanovic got the job?
I think it would be a massive lift for them – let’s face it, they are all far from happy after the departure of Karanka, so the club need to make the right appointment.
Every football fan wants to see their team managed by someone who plays fast, attacking football which is good to watch on the eye, as well as a manager who knows what it takes to get out of this division and up into the Premier League.
Jokanovic certainly fits the bill, and he seems to be the man that every Forest fan wants.
What issues would Jokanovic have to sort to get Forest’s promotion push back on track?
I think defensive mistakes and general inconsistencies need to be sorted out by Jokanovic, if he were to be appointed.
The Norwich game, where they threw away a 3-o lead with just twenty minutes to play, typified that they tend to switch off at the most dangerous of times.
A couple of times this season, they have secured some fantastic results away from home, but then fall to a home defeat against a bottom-half struggler. Jokanovic needs to install some belief and resilience into the squad.
Could you see Forest getting into the play-offs if they did appoint Jokanovic?
I really can see them getting into the play-offs if they did appoint him. I thought they would have got into the play-offs regardless if they kept Karanka, however.
They are only four points off the play-offs and have quite a good run-in this month, and with the players they have, they should be more than capable of finishing in the top six.
Having secured promotion to the top flight via the play-offs only seven months ago, Jokanovic would know what it takes to get there.
Sum up the potential appointment of Jokanovic in one word?
This appointment is needed after letting go of Karanka. As alluded to before, I feel that if you let go of Karanka and appoint a Gary Rowett or a Nigel Clough, then it’s a backward step for sure.
Jokanovic is the best option out there, and is exactly what the club, the fans, and the players need if they are to turn their season around.