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Favourites to become next Nottingham Forest manager with sacking confirmed

The top six favourites to become next Nottingham Forest manager has been revealed by bookies with the sacking of Chris Hughton confirmed.

Forest fell to a 2-0 home defeat by Middlesbrough on Wednesday night and currently find themselves bottom of the Championship table with one point.

Hughton took over at the start of last season when Sabri Lamouchi was sacked after the Reds lost their first four league games.

He guided the East Midlands outfit to safety in 2020-21 and exits with 14 wins from 53 games, but now have to find themselves a new manager.

Post-Middlesbrough (H): Chris Hughton - YouTube

When asked if he is seeing anything to make him think current form can be turned around quickly, he said: “We haven’t shown enough to win football matches, that’s quite obvious.

“You either need to score more goals or concede less.

“We have tried to make sure we stay in games and are compact enough not to concede the type of goals we are conceding. But it’s very difficult when you’re conceding in the way we are.

“We are a team that hasn’t shown enough offensively to score goals.

“The only thing I think of, going into a game on Saturday, is, ‘how can we get a result?’. Is that about making sure we put ourselves in a position where we can win games and score goals, or make sure we’re resolute enough that we’re not conceding.”

Hughton also felt that he could not have done anything differently in the first four games of the season due to the players he had available to him.

“In the first three or four games, any thoughts of doing something different – a different shape to the team – was really down to the players I had,” he said.

“What I always have to look at is the players I’ve got. How can I play a different system with the players I’ve got?
“In the first four games, the answer would have been, ‘no’.

“I have to have a good think going into the next game, and how I can get a result – whether that is by getting more out of this team, whether that is by changing the shape or a different approach, whatever it is, we have to get a result very quickly.”


Nottingham Forest can confirm that Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as first team manager.

The club would like to place on record its’ appreciation for Chris’s efforts. Chris joined the club in a difficult period for everyone in football and around the world and we thank him for the way he has conducted himself during his tenure.

Steven Reid will take temporary charge of the first team as interim head coach.

The search for the permanent successor has begun and the club will update supporters in due course.

The club would like to wish Chris all the best in his future career.


So who are the top six favourites to become next Nottingham Forest manager? Find out for yourself below…

6) Leonardo Jardim – 16/1

Leonardo Jardim is a Portuguese football manager, currently in charge of Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal SFC.

He started working at the professional level at the age of 35, initially with Camacha and Chaves, before winning promotion to the Primeira Liga with Beira-Mar in 2009–10. He later managed Braga, Olympiacos and Sporting CP.

Jardim joined Monaco in 2014, and led the club to its eighth Ligue 1 championship in 2016–17. After being dismissed in October 2018, he was replaced by Thierry Henry and reappointed in January 2019, before being sacked once again in December.

On 2 June 2021, Jardim was appointed at Al Hilal SFC of the Saudi Professional League, on a one-year deal with an option for a second.


Camacha – 1 July 2003 until 14 March 2008 – 166 G, 73 W, 41 D, 52 L, 250 GF, 186 GA, +64 GD, 43.98 win %
Chaves – 17 March 2008 until 2 June 2009 – 48 G, 28 W, 11 D, 9 L, 78 GF, 37 GA, +41 GD, 58.33 win %
Beira-Mar – 2 June 2009 until 28 February 2011 66 G, 25 W, 21 D, 20 L, 87 GF, 72 GA, +15 GD, 37.88 win %
Braga – 7 June 2011 until 30 May 2012 – 46 G, 27 W, 10 D, 9 L, 84 GF, 45 GA, +39 GD, 58.70 win %
Olympiacos – 5 June 2012 until 19 January 2013 – 26 G, 20 W, 3 D, 3 L, 55 GF, 19 GA, +36 GD, 76.92 win %
Sporting CP – 20 May 2013 until 20 May 2014 – 35 G, 23 W, 8 D, 4 L, 71 GF, 26 GA, +45 GD, 65.71 win %
Monaco – 6 June 2014 until 11 October 2018 – 233 G, 125 W, 54 D, 54 L, 428 GF, 275 GA, +153 GD, 53.65 win %
Monaco – 27 January 2019 until 28 December 2019 – 37 G, 14 W, 11 D, 12 L, 54 GF, 51 GA, +3 GD, 37.84 win %
Al Hilal – 2 June 2021 until Present – 4 G, 3 W, 1 D, 0 L, 5 GF, 1 GD, +4 GD, 75.00 win %
Career total – 661 G, 338 W, 160 D, 163 L, 1,112 GD, 712 GA, +400 GD, 51.13 win %

Leonardo Jardim positive before match against Lyon

5) Carlos Carvalhal – 16/1

Carlos is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a centre-back, and is the current manager of SC Braga.

As a player, he totalled 197 Primeira Liga appearances in service of six clubs, including two spells each at Braga and Chaves, as well as a single game for Porto.

In a managerial career of over two decades, Carvalhal led eight teams in Portugal’s top flight, including Braga twice, winning the Taça de Portugal in 2021. He reached the same final with Leixões in 2002 and won the Taça da Liga with Vitória de Setúbal in 2008. Abroad, he had spells in Greece, Turkey, England and Wales.

The last time he managed on English soil was with Swansea City between 2017 and 2018, and before that it was with Sheffield Wednesday.


Sporting CP – 16 November 2009 until 9 May 2010 – 33 G, 16 W, 7 D, 10 L, 48.48 win %
Beşiktaş – 2 August 2011 until 2 April 2012 – 47 G, 22 W, 9 D, 16 L, 46.81 win %
İstanbul Başakşehir – 16 May 2012 until 12 November 2012 – 12 G, 3 W, 2 D, 7 L, 25.00 win %
Sheffield Wednesday – 30 June 2015 until 24 December 2017 – 131 G, 56 W, 38 D, 37 L, 42.75 win %
Swansea City – 28 December 2017 until 18 May 2018 – 25 G, 8 W, 8 D, 9 L, 32.00 win %
Rio Ave – 28 May 2019 until 25 July 2020 – 42 G, 20 W, 11 D, 11 L, 47.62 win %
Braga – 28 July 2020 – Present – 58 G, 33 W, 11 D, 14 L, 56.90 win %
Total – 693 G, 304 W, 182 D, 207 L, 987 GF, 772 GA, +215 GD, 43.87 win %

Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Huddersfield (3-4 On Pens) - Carlos Carvalhal Post  Match Interview - YouTube

4) John Terry – 5/1

John Terry released a statement this week about “unfair” links to him being next Nottingham Forest manager, taking to social media to have his say.

“I just want to distance myself from the Nottingham Forest job, and all the speculation surrounding myself with the job,” Terry said.

“Unfortunately I can’t control the media, but it’s important to know it has nothing to do with me whatsoever.

“Chris is the manager and someone I have a lot of respect for.

“I wish Chris and the team all the very best for the season.

“It’s unfair when Chris is in a job to put my name into something.”

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3) Alex Neil – 5/1

Alex Neil was spotted at Nottignham Forest’s game on Wednesday night with journalist Ethan Lamb posting a photo from the City Ground, showing Neil in the stands.

Neil has been out of work since losing his job as Preston North End manager back in March 2021.

The Scottish boss largely did a great job at Deepdale and twice had the Lilywhites challenging for the playoffs despite regularly losing his best players.

The former Liverpool academy manager was linked with both the jobs at Crystal Palace and West Brom earlier this summer.


2) Steve Cooper – 11/8

Steve Cooper is already said to be top of Southampton’s wanted list for when their manager’s job comes up.

The ex-England Under-U17 World Cup-winning boss has a huge ally in Saints’ director of football operations Matt Crocker, with 41-year-old Cooper is currently out of work after leaving Swansea in July.

Cooper took charge of Swansea in his first senior role back in the summer of 2019 and he guided the Welsh side to the Championship playoffs in both of his seasons in charge.

Brentford 2-0 Swansea - Steve Cooper - Post-Match Press Conference -  Championship Play-Off Final - YouTube

1) Chris Wilder – 11/8

Former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is believed to be interested in the possibility of taking over at Nottingham Forest, according to the Mirror.

The 53-year-old was heavily linked with a switch to West Bromwich Albion earlier this year before the Championship outfit opted to hand over the reins at The Hawthorns to Valerien Ismael.

During his time in charge of the Blades, Wilder managed to guide the club to promotion to the Premier League in 2019 as they amassed 89 points from 46 league games.

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@Saund65: Hughton got two clubs promoted from the Champ and another into the top 6. Think it might be a club issue..

@safetywatto: Who in their right mind is going to take this on? Clearly major behind the scenes issues. Has Maranakis got Judas Allardyce on speed dial…..

@GarySinclair44: In defence of Forest board, nearly everyone in the game thought Hughton was a good appointment

@foresteddie: Lovely bloke but it just hasn’t worked and his failure to adapt has cost him, god knows who comes in next, the merry go round continues

@jasonkelly847: Thankfully he has gone,but don’t get expecting us to climb up that table quickly get a reality check & face facts were bottom for a reason, I’d put g Brazil or Andy Reid in charge worked with academy players & gets the best out of them build for the future

@RedDogCam: About 5 months too late. Now for Vrentzos, Randall, Owen & Co to follow him out the door. Properly this time. #NFFC

@CarlosNFFC: Look Chris Hughton is top man ..lovely guy but the game has moved on and he was to stubborn with his player selections and tactics.. Im sure he isn’t 100% responsible for this mess we are in.. the players now need to step up and show some balls and quality #NFFC

@KongMyWhopper: Had to happen but we are lurching from one disaster to another. Something stinks behind the scenes and not sure anything will change with current owners. #NFFC

@MrJack_ONeill: Right decision, results were inexcusable. But there are many more that need to answer some tough questions.

@BcpBin: The Chairman and the board have serious questions to answer.

@FcliffKev: Thank fook for that #NFFC

@AshleyFulwood: Had to happen, no choice. I hoped he could turn it around, but clear for weeks couldn’t and he was probably given two games more than he should after the international break. Defensively minded and seemed unable to change the shape to Plan B mid game when plan A was not working.

@Jamiegriffo8: No surprise here. Hughton is a lovely bloke and I genuinely felt like he was the right person for us last season. Got us much stronger at the back and comfortably away from the bottom. But there’s just been no progress this season. Wish him well wherever he goes next #NFFC

@BissoumAlex_: Hopefully Chris can go somewhere he’s loved and supported. If he can get a board to back him more and trust his project then he can do great things

@James_BHAFC: Shame it didn’t work out for him, suppose he just hasn’t adapted his style to match the modern game

@flajon72: O”Neill, Karanka and Hughton all regret taking the Forest job I’m sure. Proven managers who got promotion to Premier League in the past. Who will be the next one to accept the poison chalice. I have a feeling they will go foreign.

@mblain1: I don’t think they had any choice really…so sad for all involved, but in the end it just wasn’t to be.

@EdmundVDantes: 7 league games and a transfer window too late I am afraid

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