Ex-Nottingham Forest striker Nigel Jemson has backed former England manager Sam Allardyce to take over at the City Ground after Chris Hughton’s departure, speaking in an interview with Football FanCast.
66-year-old Allardyce, who has also had a range of spells at multiple Premier League sides including Everton and West Ham United, is currently a free agent after leaving relegated side West Bromwich Albion last season following his failure to save them from the drop.
Despite last season’s blow, the Englishman has had a reputation of getting teams out of trouble in the past and if there’s anyone in the Championship who desperately needs help, it’s Nottingham Forest.
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Although they secured a 2-0 victory away at high-flyers Huddersfield Town under the temporary stewardship of Steven Reid on Saturday, they remain at the bottom of the second-tier table after winning just one point from a possible 21 in their opening seven league games under Chris Hughton.
It has been reported by Sky Sports that Steve Cooper, who guided Swansea City to consecutive top-six finishes between 2019 and 2021, is on the verge of being appointed by the East Midlands side after agreeing a compensation package with the Swans.
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However, former Nottingham Forest forward Nigel Jemson has suggested Allardyce as a potential successor to Chris Hughton after the latter’s departure last week.
Speaking to Football FanCast, he said: “You look at people like Sam Allardyce. Tried and trusted.
“They’re usually there to get people out of turmoil. I know Sam personally very well, I played with him at Preston.
“He would be a great person to get in there because he would be a no nonsense manager but, again, it’s whether he wants that job.”
It would be very hard to see this ever happening, especially with Allardyce potentially retiring at some point and Nottingham Forest in the Championship.
Forest are a big club, but Allardyce may want to finish his career at the top level, whether he already has with West Brom or decides to pursue a new challenge elsewhere.
It’s also doubtful whether he would fit into the head coach mould that Nottingham Forest seem to have after their summer of recruitment. You can almost guarantee a sizeable proportion of the Forest addition made this summer weren’t Hughton’s signings – and Allardyce would probably want to have more control over recruitment.
This is why having someone like Cooper who can be seen as more of a head coach than a manager may be a better fit for Forest with the direction they’re going in, otherwise what happened to Hughton may also happen to Allardyce.
It doesn’t matter how good you are. If things don’t click, the appointment will never work out so Forest will benefit from bringing in an alternative coach despite Allardyce’s track record.
A win or two could steer them clear of danger, so they may not even need someone like the 66-year-old to come in anyway.