'Astounded' - Simon Jordan issues Chris Hughton and Nottingham Forest verdict

By Mark Whiley

Pundit Simon Jordan believes Chris Hughton is “walking the plank" at Nottingham Forest as he delivered his verdict on the club’s recent struggles.

Ahead of Sunday’s clash with Cardiff City, Hughton’s side sit at the foot of the Championship table with just one point from five games.

That point came courtesy of a late equaliser from Brennan Johnson at arch rivals Derby County.

Hughton addressed the Reds’ poor start during an interview on talkSPORT on Thursday morning.

Following the interview, Jordan gave his take on Forest, expressing his surprise at the club’s continuing underachievement.

The former Crystal Palace chairman said: “When you play against these clubs like Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest and you see the size of the support and you see the history of these clubs – more so Nottingham Forest than Sheffield Wednesday – and you look at the players they’ve had, you think to yourself, ‘how can these clubs be out of the Premier League for the best part of a quarter of a century?’ A generation has passed.

“Nigel Doughty, who was their chairman, a friend of mine and an incredibly wealthy man, poured enormous amounts of money in there.

“They got to the play-offs with Paul Hart, they achieved certain things.

“I look at this club and ask, ‘why are they in this situation, why aren’t they able to achieve things?’

“Chris Hughton is a decent manager but, I have to honest, the job he’s doing at this moment in time isn’t a great job.

“If they’d have been beaten by Derby (his job may have been at risk) – they didn’t, they got a draw – which was useful to Wayne Rooney and Chris Hughton because that game drives certain decisions.

“I went to watch Forest play Hull 18 months and one of my old players, Lewis Grabban (at Palace), a decent player, was playing there. You could see they were building something again.

“But they keep flattering to deceive. Chris is a decent manager but at this moment in time, the Forest job seems to be that his grasp is being exceeded by his reach. He is walking the plank because what’s happening at Forest probably isn’t good enough.

“Last year, they started getting into trouble, they brought Hughton in and it didn’t right itself.

“Chris will tell you the division is hard but the division is hard for 23 other sides as well. It’s an opportunity I’m astounded Forest haven’t taken over the last 22/23 years."


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