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Nottingham Forest keen on appointing fellow Premier League manager should Nuno leave

Nottingham Forest are reportedly keen on appointing fellow Premier League manager Marco Silva should Nuno Espirito Santo leave.

According to Tom Collomosse for Mail Sport, Fulham boss Marco Silva is once again being considered by Evangelos Marinakis for Nottingham Forest, in case Nuno Espirito Santo departs the City Ground with his future uncertain.

Silva signed a contract extension back in October 2023 until the end of the 2025-26 season, with a reported release clause of around £9m.

Mail Sport reported last month that Nuno has been attracting interest from clubs in Portugal and Spain after managing to keep Forest in the top flight last season, despite a 4-point deduction for financial breaches.

Nuno currently has a year remaining on his current contract, though could possibly extend that by 12 months, but this hasn’t stopped other clubs from pursuing him.

After keeping Forest in the Premier League for a third consecutive season, he spoke in detail about the challenges of such an experience, went into detail on summer transfers and talked about how the club can escape the lower reaches of the table moving on from this year.

Fabrizio Romano however says he might not oversee the project, with the manager’s ‘future at Forest is still open’, and there is ‘a chance’ of him departing at the end of discussions with the club’s ownership.

Evangelos Marinakis has long admired Silva, who previously coached Olympiacos, another club owned by Marinakis, during the 2015-2016 season.


Despite not working together since then, Marinakis has kept a close eye on how Silva’s career has played out. The future remains uncertain as to whether Silva would want to depart Fulham, where he has had guided them to promotion in 2022, and had 10th and 13th place finishes in the last two seasons.

In addition, the Cottagers have a higher level of stability in contrast to Forest, who might be obligated to offload players this month to adhere to the profitability and sustainability regulations for the 2021-24 accounting period.

Last summer, Silva faced lucrative proposals from Saudi Pro League clubs Al Ahli and Al Hilal. But he made the decision to stay loyal to Fulham.

We’ve also seen West Ham also show ‘longstanding interest’ in Silva, before opting for Julen Lopetegui for the 2024/25 season.

Journalist Daniel Taylor recently shared what he’s been told about Nuno and his future at Nottingham Forest.

He said to The Athletic in an article published on the 28th of May: “I’ve been told Espirito Santo is staying at Forest, despite the recent flurry of speculation and rumours. However, it’s not entirely straightforward… it’s football, it’s Forest and things can change. But that’s my info and I will try to explain some of the context.

“Firstly, it’s in his favour that the players like him. He’s done a good job on that front if you remember the report out of Wolves for example that he and Morgan Gibbs-White were not close.

“There’s also a fair bit of nonsense. One story recently was that Marinakis had instructed Jorge Mendes to find him a new manager. Er, we do know that Nuno is a Mendes client, don’t we?

“Nuno has made some questionable decisions in some matches. The results haven’t been brilliant and I don’t think it’s helped that Oliver Glasner, who went head to head with Nuno for the job, has been so impressive with Crystal Palace.”


Estoril – 27 Sep 2011 until 21 May 2014 – G116 W54 D31 L31 – 46.55 win %
Sporting CP – 21 May 2014 until 4 Jun 2015 – G53 W31 D15 L7 – 58.49 win %
Olympiacos – 8 July 2015 until 23 Jun 2016 – G48 W38 D3 L7 – 79.17 win %
Hull City – 5 Jan 2017 until 25 May 2017 – G22 W8 D3 L11 – 36.36 win %
Watford – 27 May 2017 until 21 Jan 2018 – G26 W8 D5 L13 – 30.77 win %
Everton – 31 May 2018 until 5 Dec 2019 – G60 W24 D12 L24 – 40.00 win %
Fulham – 1 Jul 2021 – Present – G140 W63 D29 L48 – 45.00 win %
Total – G464 W226 D97 L141 – 48.71 win %


Segunda Liga: 2011–12

Sporting CP
Taça de Portugal: 2014–15

Super League Greece: 2015–16

EFL Championship: 2021–22

Segunda Liga Coach of the Year: 2011–12
EFL Championship Manager of the Month: August 2021, January 2022
EFL Championship Manager of the Year: 2021–22

This is what fans are saying with Nottingham Forest reportedly keen on appointing fellow Premier League manager Marco Silva should Nuno leave…

@YouBloodyReds: Don’t want Nuno to go. But I think Silva has achieved as much as he can with Fulham. Does feel a bit stale there.

@TimMacLaren2: I love the optimism from marinakis but there’s no way he’d come to us 🤣

@fulham_mike1: I’m sure he’s chomping at the bit to manage Ryan Yates and Chris Wood to a 17th placed finish

@AndrewNFFC20: I know it is unlikely but Marinakis Dream is Marco Silva managing Nottingham Forest in the Premier League.

@FulhamTransfer: Marco has just hand picked his new assistant so I can’t see him going this summer. Also financially FFC are in the best position they have been since he came in. I’d be surprised if it happened

@CairneyhelpyouV: Turned down 40milliom from Saudi, doubt he will want to manage relegation fodder

@___ryan___14: Wouldn’t be against Marco Silva at all


@RichyRi28081938: This actually wouldn’t surprise me, Silva has worked for Marinakis before, the big man a massive fan of Silva #nffc

@saus1878: Why on earth would he do that ?….

@RedKiza: I can see this happening

@BrummieTricky: I could turn to Margot Robbie or Natalie Portman should my mrs leave in the summer

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