Which former players could Gary Rowett target at Nottingham Forest?

Birmingham City Manager Gary Rowett ahead of the match

The former Burton Albion and Birmingham City boss is closing in on a managerial return - he'll need some trusted players to help turn Forest around.

Birmingham City were widely pilloried for their decision to give Gary Rowett the boot in December and, as predicted, he won’t be out the game for long.

According to Sky Sports, the modern day posterboy for young British coaches has been sounded out by incoming Nottingham Forest owner John Jay Moores as the ideal replacement for the divisive Philippe Montanier.

However, with half the transfer window gone already, Forest’s chances of improving their squad are looking increasingly unlikely. Therefore, Rowett could do worse than to turn to those he knows best.

Jacques Maghoma

Their relationship might not have reached the peak set by Neil Warnock and perennial signee/rumoured lovechild Paddy Kenny, but Rowett has been impressed enough by Maghoma’s ability to sign him on two separate occasions.

Jacques Maghoma of Birmingham City

A dynamic goalscoring midfielder, Maghoma enjoyed the most prolific season of his career under Rowett at Burton Albion. And, once his old gaffer made the step up with Birmingham City, the 29-year-old wasn’t far behind. Therefore, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if they were to link up for the third time at the City Ground.

Tomasz Kuszczak

Out of contract at the end of the season, former Manchester United goalkeeper Kuszczak informed the Birmingham Mail in November of his desire to extend his stay at St Andrews. However, that was long before Rowett, under whom he has played some of his best football, appeared certain to resurface in the East Midlands.

As any Forest fan will tell you, Vladimir Stojkovic is hardly the most reliable shot-stopper and a new goalkeeper will surely take precedence on Rowett’s wishlist. That, then, could lead him back to Birmingham.

Birmingham City's manager Gary Rowett celebrates with Tomasz Kuszczak after the game

Rob Kiernan

The Daily Mail reported last month that Fulham were preparing to offer £2 million to bring Kiernan back into English football but, as it stands, he is still standing strong at the heart of Rangers’ backline. A composed passer and an improving defender, the former Wigan Athletic youngster made a huge step forwards in his development when Rowett brought him to St Andrews in the second half of the 2015/16 season.

Kiernan, whose impressive distribution was utilised in a midfield role on occasions, could be convinced to reunite with a manager who understands him better than most.

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