Hoddle the bookies favourite to take Forest job
Source: Daily Mail
It’s no good having all that money if there’s no one there to spend it. Nottingham Forest’s big money takeover spelled the end of the road for manager Steve Cotterill. Just 24 hours after his sacking, former England manager Glenn Hoddle has emerged as clear favourite to take the top job at Forest, but who else might be charged with the task of taking the former European champions back to the Promised Land? Here are the main candidates:
The clear bookies favourite to take the job. However, the fact of the matter is that Hod has been out of the game for six years following the end of his reign at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006. His reign as England manager will be remembered for an average 1998 World Cup campaign and the alienation of Paul Gascoigne but in all fairness his 60% win rate is only bettered by Sir Alf Ramsey and Fabio Capello. Hoddle was then appointed by Southampton following his dismissal from the England job in 2000. He worked wonders at The Dell, keeping the Saints in the Premier League. They were on course for a record 10th placed finish before Hoddle acrimoniously left to manage his beloved Tottenham Hotspur but a series of disappointing mid-table finishes saw him sacked in 2003. Then in 2004 he turned Wolves into draw specialists with 34 of his 76 league games ending in deadlock. Differences between himself and the fans saw Hoddle step down in 2006 and no club has appointed him since. Would he really be the right man to lead the Forest project?
A former Forest player, Keano has endured a mixed start to his managerial career. A promising start at Sunderland, winning the Championship title, ended with his resignation in 2009 following disagreements with Ellis Short and Niall Quinn. Ipswich Town were next to take a punt on Keane but he brought little success. For a team expected to challenge for promotion, failing to win in the first 14 games of the 2010/11 was far from acceptable and, despite a slight upturn in fortunes, Keane was sacked in January 2011. After a year and a half away from the game, the United legend is keen to get back involved and he would be welcomed by the majority of Forest fans.
After a shaky stint at Preston North End, Ferguson has re-found his feet in management in his second spell at Peterborough. On his return he masterminded the club to League One promotion, beating Huddersfield 3-0 in the play-off final. Last season he led the Posh to a respectable 18th place in The Championship. Ferguson would bring exciting football to the City Ground if nothing else; in their promotion season Peterborough scored 106 and conceded 75 goals, scoring the most goals in England that year.
McCarthy is an ideal candidate for the Forest job after experiencing promotion from the Championship with Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers. The former Republic of Ireland boss won the title with Sunderland in 2005, amassing an impressive 94 points on the way to returning to the Premier League. After finding top flight life tough, McCarthy was sacked in 2006 by the Black Cats but was quickly snapped up by Wolves as a replacement for Glenn Hoddle. Despite the lack of expectation, McCarthy guided the Molineux club to the play offs where they lost to local rivals West Brom. They didn’t have to wait much longer for their promotion tilt though. Two years later the club were crowned champions having stood at the head of the table for 42 out of 46 weeks, earning McCarthy a manager of the season award, McCarthy was sacked by Wolves during their relegation campaign last season but his Championship promotion makes him a firm contender for the Forest job.