Nottingham Forest midfielder Harry Arter says things haven’t changed much at the club since the appointment of Chris Hughton as manager.
Hughton took over four games into the league season, at a time when Forest were languishing in the relegation zone after losing all four league games they had played under Sabri Lamouchi at the start of the season.
Since then, the Midlands club have won three and drawn three of the seven games they have played under Hughton, although it seems Arter believes the 61-year-old has not had his work cut out too much in terms of getting the club back to some sort of form.
Discussing the impact Hughton has had on Forest since his arrival at The City Ground, Arter told The Irish Examiner: “For me personally, I signed for Forest under the last manager so for me it was a massive change, a new manager coming in so quickly. To be honest, he hasn’t changed too much.
Fitness issues mean Arter has only started once under Hughton since he took over at the club, and it seems that is something the 30-year-old is determined to put right sooner rather than later, as he went on to add: “I’ve picked up a few niggles in his time which hasn’t helped.
Following the international break, Forest are set to return to action on the 21st November, when they travel to Oakwell to face Barnsley.
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These comments from Arter do seem to highlight just how good a manager Chris Hughton really is.
The fact that the midfielder believes Hughton has not had to do much to turn the club’s form around, shows just how acutely aware of what potentially small changes need to be need, and how effective he is at making them.
As a result, Forest will surely be happier than ever that they got their man with Hughton, especially when you consider how many clubs were previously unsuccessful in securing his services, following his departure from Brighton in the summer of 2019.