As Nottingham Forest get closer to securing their new owners by a US consortium led by John Jay Moores, Philippe Montanier’s position as Nottingham Forest manager looks increasingly at risk by the day.
After reports that Philippe Montanier will be axed when the takeover is completed, it was revealed that the new owners are set to show some ambition by aiming to secure Gianfranco Zola or even Sean Dyche as the club’s new manager.
Dyche would be an outstanding appointment, but its not realistic.
Why would Sean Dyche leave his position at Burnley at the moment, a team sitting 9th in the Premier League table, to come to a team bordering the relegation zone in the Championship.
Dyche coming would be a real statement by the new owners, but realistically, surely it would not happen.
Zola is perhaps more of a likely option, but for me, he is not the man to propel Nottingham Forest up the table.
Despite successfully guiding Watford to the play-off final in the 2012/13 season, where they lost to Crystal Palace, Zola has not had any success anywhere in football.
Admittedly, Zola’s brand of attacking football with the Hornets was attractive, but he represents a risk that Forest simply cannot afford to take.
Montanier is similar to Zola in that they both play a similar brand of football. though you could argue Montanier has achieved more success, such as taking Real Sociedad to the Champions League.
It’s a brand that is entertaining for the fans, but it’s a style that is not paying off for the Reds at the moment. The Reds need a manager who can offer some balance in their style of play.
Whilst it is important that they maintain their attacking football, the East Midlands club need a boss who can also work on some organisation and defensive solidarity to help them get some desperately needed clean sheets. A boss that has been their and done it in the Championship is what Forest need right now.
Neil Warnock is a perfect example. At times it might not be pretty, but you can guarantee that you will pick up points and push up the table. I have no doubt that Warnock can take Cardiff City to the next level and that current Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi missed a trick not appointing him when he could have last summer.
So who is the perfect manager to takeover at Forest? If I were the new owners I would go all out to secure Mick McCarthy.
During his time there, whilst on a shoestring budget, McCarthy has taken Ipswich Town from the brink of relegation to the top half of the table. Like Warnock, at times it may not be the prettiest, but the former Wolves boss has been there and done it in the Championship, winning promotion with both Sunderland and Wolves.
McCarthy would help bring about organisation and solidarity to a weak Forest defence whilst also helping them play effective attacking football. Zola is not the man for Forest in the situation they are in, but in my view McCarthy most certainly is.
Nottingham Forest fans… Do you agree that Zola is the wrong man to replace Montanier? Surely the new owners can’t attract Sean Dyche to the job? Would you be happy with McCarthy or would you keep Montanier? Let us know what you think in the comments below!