Zola, Mackay or Hoddle: Who should Nottingham Forest appoint?

After the sacking of Billy Davies, Gianfranco Zola, Malky Mackay, and Glenn Hoddle are all leading contenders to manage Nottingham Forest.

New Nottingham Forest ambassador John McGovern has revealed the club are considering Zola, Mackay and Hoddle after Neil Warnock turned down their approach on Monday.

Warnock had fears that Kuwaiti owner Fawaz Al Hasawi. would have to much of an impact on the managerial decisions. Coming in at this stage of the season, the manager needs as much flexibility as possible, however the former Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers manager believed Hasawi would interfere too much with any incoming manager.

Nevertheless the Forest job still remains an attractive proposition. The club is one of the biggest outside of the top flight which a huge fan base and still has the chance of gaining promotion from the Championship this season. They are currently in a poor run of form but a new manager can give them a boost they need, and with the squad they have they would be a formidable force in the play-offs.

Billy Davies should have been doing a better job given the financial backing he had received from the owner. In the summer he was able to bring in Jamie Mackie, Djamel Abdoun and Kelvin Wilson amongst others. Indeed they started well but Davies failed to win any of his last eight games as manager culminating in a 5-0 loss to rivals Derby County.

Malky Mackay departed Cardiff City on bad terms and Forest would be silly not to consider him. But would Malky Mackay be willing to drop back down to the Championship after he did such a good job with Cardiff. He has a strong reputation following his spell in Wales and could perhaps warrant another job in the top flight, However as time goes on that seems less unlikely, the West Bromwich Albion vacancy that went to Pepe Mel was probably his best chance of getting straight back in.

Mackay took Cardiff up from the Championship and like with Forest there was great expectations to do so. He was cruelly sacked following some bizarre words and decisions from Vincent Tan. With Nottingham Forest's owner also seemingly gaining a somewhat unwanted reputation perhaps Mackay will take a step back and not want to join another unstable environment.

Gianfranco Zola is another name mentioned and again is there on merit due to his good record previously in the Championship. Last season he surprisingly took Watford to the play-off final against all odds before losing to Crystal Palace. Things didn't quite work out this season for him, but it was still a shock to see him resign with the club in 13th place in December. He still has a good reputation in England though helped by the fact he was a entertaining player for Chelsea. Forest could do worse though and I'm sure Zola would relish this challenge.

Glenn Hoddle is again linked with a vacancy as has often been the case this season. He seems keen to get back into work and was heavily rumoured to take over from Andre Villas-Boas as Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season. It has been eight year since he last managed a club though (Wolverhampton Wanderers) and in these circumstances perhaps it wouldn't be right for him to be thrown in the deep end with just a handful of games left. He would probably need a pre-season to get back into the swing of things.

Sky Sports have said that Forest will meet with Hoddle and Zola in the next few days. Any manager interviewd by Hawasi will be wary of the impact this job could have on their CV. It is likely that the manager will just be brought in on a short-term contract until the end of the season. If they fail to get Forest into the play-offs or even fail in the play-offs then that could tarnish their managerial record.

The three aforementioned managers could be looking for something with more security and a long-term project. The job will be high pressured and with no guarantees so it will take a brave man to step into the hot seat. At the same time, they have still got a great chance of getting in the top six and if all things go well they could be managing in the Premier League next season.

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