Forest missed Pearson; will Warnock slip away, too?

Neil Warnock manager of Rotherham United celebrates at the end of the game

Nigel Pearson became Derby County's new manager earlier this week.

Neil Warnock manager of Rotherham United celebrates at the end of the gameWill Warnock be waving goodbye to the Forest job like Nigel Pearson?

It is very difficult to second guess the hierarchy at Nottingham Forest, mainly because there is very little hierarchy to second guess in the first place.

But one thing is clear, that missing out on Nigel Pearson may come back to haunt the Reds.

Pearson, the ghost writer to Leicester’City's incredible Premier League success, was snapped up by another of Forest’s rivals, Derby County, earlier this week.

And as Forest were thought to have been in negotiations with Pearson, with rumours ignited by his appearance at the City Ground for the Reds’ fixture against Brighton & hove Albion back in April, his signing of a three-year deal at the iPro was a disappointing blow for the Forest faithful.

Leicester manager Nigel PearsonDerby bound: Former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

There is good reason for feeling a sense of loss at how Pearson has seemingly slipped from Forest’s clutches. Pearson is a man with promotion pedigree, a manager who knows how to build not only a football team, but also a football club, underpinned by the success of Leicester, whose current success must, in part, be attributed to his groundwork before Claudio Ranieri’s miracle.

But this was not enough to encourage the Forest leadership to extend its hand to Pearson.

And now with another seasoned promotion specialist seemingly in Forest’s sights, the City Ground faithful will be fearing that Neil Warnock may slip away too.

Warnock is, quite simply, a promotion specialist. Having first achieved promotion with Scarborough in the 1980s– returning them to the football league – Warnock has gone on to lift Notts County, Huddersfield and Plymouth into the higher divisions, all before taking Sheffield United to the Premier League in 2006. This was a feat he would repeat at Loftus Road for Queens Park Rangers a few years later, taking them into the top flight at the first time of asking.

Neil Warnock manager of Rotherham UnitedNeil Warnock guided Rotherham United to safety this past season

More recently, his astonishing success at Rotherham, salvaging their season from the jaws of relegation, cannot be forgotten. With 16 games to save the club, he engineered an astonishing 11 match unbeaten run, enough to comfortably secure the safety of the Millers come the end of the season.

His track record, in addition to his vast managerial experience, clearly makes him hot property for any club looking to make a step up to the next level.

Unsurprisingly, Forest are not the only club thought to be looking at Warnock, with Blackburn Rovers also said to be in the running.

And with Fawaz Al-Hasawi’s impending sale of the club to Evangelos Marinakis looking increasingly likely that it will trickle over into next month, the prospect of another manager with a proven track record in the Championship slipping away is an all too real one.

With odds currently at 2/1 for him to take the Forest job, Warnick is undoubtedly in contention for the City Ground post, in addition to a plethora of other candidates, ranging from Oscar Garcia to Phillipe Montanier to probably Robin Hood.

Nottingham Forest Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi (L)Will Al-Hasawi (left) make the right call?

With the merry-go round of rumour set to continue its dizzying rotations, Forest fans will hope that Al-Hasawi and potentially Marinakis won’t be blurry eyed and allow another high class manager slip through their fingers.

For if they are not careful, they may find that Nigel Pearson will not be the only promotion specialist to visit the City Ground in the opposition dugout next season.

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