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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Manager / Head Coach Decisions

As discussed a likely angle the new board could take is a Head Coach angle rather than manager so we are looking at this in terms of that angle too.

A host of names have been linked, some known to us, others not so. And I include a whole host of names in this list, from ones mentioned often to some I saw just once or twice.

Neil Warnock
Possibly the most mentioned name by the general population, mainly being linked as he said he wants one more job before he retires after recently leaving Rotherham. It wouldn't be a hugely popular choice with some as Warnock is a very divisive figure. His career barely needs detailing, but he had a range of successes at Sheffield United, Notts County, Crystal Palace and QPR.

Warnock


Nigel Pearson
After seemingly turning downt he Aston Villa job last week, Pearson looks set for the Derby job, but has been mentioned in connection with us. The fact he's local is a huge element in this. After his sacking at Leicester and essentially putting together the core of the squad that won the Premier League his stock is high.

Martin O'Neill
The strong club connections, and the fact we nearly had him nigh on 25 years ago, but O'Neill who has is with Ireland for the European Championships could maybe be lured back to club football at the club he enjoyed huge playing success. O'Neill has had huge success but his time at Sunderland and Aston Villa have slightly tainted his reputation.
O'Neill

Phillipe Montanier
The Frenchman was strongly linked today in French newspaper L'Equipe. He was this year sacked by Rennes in Ligue 1, after  a spell with Real Sociedad in La Liga. He forged his reputation bringing less fashionable clubs up through the leagues in Valenciennes and Boulogne. He has no experience with England however.
Montanier

Oscar Garcia
Coaching Red Bull Salzburg to success, Oscar also has experience in the Championship after taking Brighton to the playoffs. He then took on the Watford job before having to leave for health issues. He has also coached in Israel. His name has been the strongest linked and often led the betting. Garcia would work well in the Head Coach role.

Jack Lester
Very remotely linked but his successes with the Academy, taking the U-18 squad to glory have at least put his name in mix, even if its extremely unlikely. Lester has himself spoke about managerial aspirations but see's his current roles as leading to down that path eventually.

Nestor Lorenzo
On the bookies list and would seem to be entirely because Clough tried to sign him once in the early 90's. The Argentinian seems to be a random link, but his names in the betting.

Steve Evans
The very very much maligned Steve Evans contract with Leeds expired and has been linked. In what seems to be a Fawaz inspired move, Evans had a war of words with Forest this season, and also is one of Billy Davies friends. The rotund Scotsman is a very controversial character, and has a questionable history with getting into trouble. Not sure he'd be effective in a Head Coach role.

Steve Evans

Michel
The Spaniard worked for Marinakis at Olympiakos before. A former Spanish interntional and Real Madrid legend, he has a host of top clubs in his managerial past. Manager at Sevilla, Marseille as well as Olympiakos, with mixed success.

Michel
Tommy Wright
Former Forest goalkeeper got linked earlier this summer. He currently managers St Johnstone in Scotland after a number of jobs in his native Nothern Ireland. His reputation is growing, but it would still seem an extremely unlikely choice.


Gianfranco Zola
Listed as around 10th favourite on Oddschecker. After managing at Watford and West Ham, he is now in Qatar at Al-Ain. After being strongly linked a couple of years ago, Zola would fit well intoa continental system.

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