This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
The end of the season is moving nearer and Nottingham Forest are preparing for a big summer.
It’s been a hugely frustrated campaign for Forest who have been stuck at the bottom end of the table for much of the campaign, much to the frustration of the supporters.
Chris Hughton has done a good job of steadying the ship but his next challenge is building a team that is capable of pushing into the top half of the table.
Forest have put a lot of faith in experienced striker Glenn Murray this term.
The 37-year-old has been a regular at the City Ground this season but faces an uncertain future with his contract due to expire in the summer.
But could Hughton call upon Murray again next term to lead his line? The team at FLW have their say…
It wouldn’t surprise me.
Murray is a player that Hughton trusts and they’ve done fine work together in the past at Brighton and Hove Albion.
Of course, Murray is now that little bit further down the line with regard to his career and it would be unfair to expect the striker to hit those heights again.
However, he’s shown flashes that age is just a number since linking up with Forest and I can really see Hughton giving him an opportunity to stick around next season.
That kind of player-manager trust cannot be underestimated and it can often spark success.
The majority of Forest fans trust Hughton, and they’ll do the same with his judgement here.
Quiz: Did each of these 18 ex-Nottingham Forest players ever score a goal at the City Ground?
It really depends what other offers Murray has and what other business Forest do, but I wouldn’t write it off.
At this moment in time, I’d be tempted to say that Hughton and Forest might be better off not doing.