Nicholas Randall has admitted that Nottingham Forest have been guilty of adopting too much of a short-termist approach in regards to player turnover.
Randall took up the role of Forest chairman when Evangelos Marinakis completed his takeover of the club in 2017.
The club, in that time, have seen a number of players come and go at the City Ground, especially last summer.
14 new players arrived at the City Ground following a heartbreaking end to last season, which saw them miss out on a play-off finish on the final day of the campaign.
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Those changes have since failed to pay off, though, with the club sitting 17th in the Championship and their season threatening to fizzle out.
Forest fans were critical of the club’s transfer policy in the summer, and the club’s supporter trust recently had the opportunity to sit down with Randall and discuss various issues.
In an interview on the club’s YouTube channel, Randall admitted that the club have been guilty of adopting too much of a short-termist approach to transfers.
He said: “I think if we are guilty of one thing which is significant, it would be that we have been, perhaps, too inclined to put short-termism first.
“We have had some stages where we have been very close to getting where we want to get to.
“In terms of player turnover. If we had our time again, I think we would have taken it a little bit slower – not quite as slow as some people think we should, by the way.
“I respect the view about building and building over a number of seasons. But I think that is a model which itself has some weaknesses within it.
“We need to strike the right balance.”
You have to admire Randall’s honesty here, and he’s probably right as well.
If you look at the past summer, there didn’t seem to be any real criteria other than bringing in proven, experienced players when it came to signings.
As an example, the likes of Jack Colback, Harry Arter, Fouad Bachirou are all over 30 and have had plenty of injuries in their career, and those three have just failed to impress whatsoever.