Do Nottingham Forest have the philosophy to compete in the Premier League?

Nottingham Forest look set to have a crack at Premier League promotion via the play-offs, do they have what it takes to compete at the top level?

Regardless of the various controversies which surrounded Nottingham Forest this season, they look a very good bet to finish in the Championship play-off places which means they could get promoted.

Billy Davies replaced Alex McLeish and has got the side churning out some consistent results but they have to be careful that they don’t get too stale with their philosophy as a football team.

There is no harm in aiming to get results, put points on the board and be ambitious but Forest will need to start thinking outside the box if they are going to compete at Premier League level.

Davies has instilled a siege type mentality of it’s us against them around Forest since he came back for his second spell in charge and it seems to be working but the risk for the club is becoming too over reliant on a single method.

A slight negative is that Davies seems to be at his very best when he is given a group of players he has to motivate and inspire, which is one of the reasons he has helped Forest into their current position.

He doesn’t really have any track record when it comes to building various teams, which help Forest as a club to move on from one level to the next. If Forest get promoted, they will have to make numerous additions and improvements to their playing squad to give themselves the best chance of staying up.

His man management skills have never been in question and he’d certainly be able to inspire his players to produce their very best against Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and the rest.

However, that’s not going to work every single time because there are some very savvy managers in the Premier League, and in the Championship, who are more effective tactically and can wear down Forest over the course of a match.

Davies is not a stupid man, people at the club respect him and he will know the areas of weakness which the side has to work on including creating a philosophy which is more than just about getting over the line.

The philosophy has to change to that of a Southampton, a Swansea City or a Norwich City in the respect of how they approached Premier League life having just gone up and being tipped to go straight back down.

The philosophy is a simple one; score more goals than the opposition and try to win s many games as possible. Forest will be in better physical condition and their infrastructure should be solid if they go up, but whether that’s enough is questionable.

Do you think Forest can go up and stay up?

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