Leeds United made their eagerly awaited return to the Premier League in 2019/20, and there are similarities to be drawn with the past success of the two clubs, the Reds’ being of higher esteem, and the length of their stay outside of the top-flight.
The Reds must get past Sheffield United to make their way to Wembley Stadium, and Steve Cooper’s experience in the play-offs with Swansea City in the last two seasons, losing to Brentford both times, should stand them in good stead.
Former striker Kevin Campbell explained what it would mean to him to see the club promoted when he spoke to The Athletic.
He said: “I would be so relieved to see Forest promoted.
“Twenty-three years is too long a time for Nottingham Forest not to be in the big time.
“It is too big a club, the history is too vast and it’s been far too long.
“I would be relieved that ‘our lot’ were not the last to be there – it’s time for these young players to take the reins.
“They have the right manager, camaraderie and talent.”
There is a sense of now or never at the City Ground at the moment, with some key players, many of who are on loan, unlikely to stick around for Championship football next season.
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It is nice to see how Campbell does not want to be remembered as part of the most recent Forest side to play in the Premier League, and the current squad would certainly give everything for the badge in the top-flight next season.
Cooper’s reputation in the second tier is greater than that of Paul Heckingbottom, but both fixtures in the league campaign ended with a 1-1 scoreline.
One thing holding Forest back at this point in the season is their injury issues in the final third, with Keinan Davis and Lewis Grabban currently sidelined.
Sam Surridge has performed well in their absence, but it is a big ask of the 23-year-old to lead the line towards promotion.