If you job security, don’t got into football management. And if you want proof of why that is the case, just ask Slaven Bilic.
Less than 24 hours after the Croatian guided his side to a hugely impressive 1-1 draw with Manchester City at The Etihad, Bilic found himself sacked by the Baggies.
But while Bilic’s departure from The Hawthorns and his subsequent replacement by Sam Allardyce will have raised plenty of eyebrows up and down the Premier League, you feel it may well have turned just as many heads at Nottingham Forest.
It is no secret that the Championship club came agonisingly close to signing winger Kamil Grosicki from West Brom on the final day of the summer transfer window, and it seems there is a chance that Forest could reignite that interest in the Pole in January.
That however, now seems as though it is something Forest may have to do sooner rather than later.
Given the precarious position they currently find themselves in, and the experience and ability that Grosicki himself possesses at this level, he could be a big asset to Chris Hughton’s side were they to bring him in.
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However, a change in manager can often bring about a change in fortunes for certain players at a club, and Forest may now have to move quickly to make sure that that does not happen for Grosicki at West Brom, before they are potentially able to bring him to The City Ground.
Indeed, Grosicki’s opportunities have been limited this season, so he is not one that can really be associated with the Baggies’ Premier League struggles, and given he has previously impressed at top-flight, Allardyce may now be inclined to give him a chance in the league, as he looks to find the formula to take the Baggies away from trouble.
Even if he doesn’t, then an FA Cup game away at League One Blackpool early in January could still give Grosicki the chance to catch the eye, if Allardyce – as many managers do – uses the cup to give some of his more regular starters a break.
Were something such as that to happen before Forest are able to get a deal done, it may be difficult for Hughton and co. to subsequently make that happen, if Allardyce feels that Grosicki could have something to offer his side in the battle against relegation.
Given the hugely frustrating circumstances in which Forest missed out on the signature of Grosicki by a matter of seconds in the summer, despite chasing him for so long, you feel a similar outcome in January could lead to questions being levelled at the club around how they can miss out on the same player – who has seemingly been keen to join the club throughout the saga – twice.
Add to that the influence and impact that Grosicki could has the potential to provide for Forest on the pitch as well, and you feel as though that is not a chance, that the club are going to want to take.