Can Mark Warburton rekindle the winning spirit at Nottingham Forest?

General view inside the City Ground

What encouragement should Forest fans have with a new Greek owner and the non-nonsense attitude of Mark Warburton?

General view inside the City GroundGeneral view of the City Ground

Nottingham Forest fans are asking themselves whether a three-nil win against Ipswich Town on the last day of their Championship season is the start of a new beginning, or just another false dawn in the club's demise? When the Championship table revealed its final positions on 7 May, it was only by a two goal difference over Blackburn Rovers that Forest survived the drop this time, but what do they really need to challenge at the other end of the table? 

Nottingham Forest fan with his phoneWill there be any moments for Nottingham Forest fans to get the cameras out for next season?

The new owner, Evangelos Marinakis, also the top dog at Olympiakos, is assuring fans that he has the right man in Mark Warburton to guide the club forward with the stability it needs. Having won just three of his nine games since coming into the helm last March, Warburton has made a pretty slow, if steady, start at the Midland's club, but he has a summer to try and bring in some new players, and the big question he'll have is how big will the kitty be?

Nottingham Forest fansNottingham Forest fans crave for improvements on the pitch 

Forest need quality players on a budget

If Warburton had already had the basis of a good side, they would have found it easier to stay up than they did, so Forest will be one of the clubs where fans expect a lot of movement this transfer window. However, Warburton has stressed that the club is restricted like all others in the Financial Fair Play rules, and he will be restricted on what he can spend. 

It's the attitude at the club that Warburton wants to change. He stressed that he was impressed by the aggressive and swift approach of the Marinakis takeover when it happened. The club is getting a shake-up and it needs something to wake up form the torment that fans have endured over the last decade and more. Fazal Al Hasawi had lost the support of the fans.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophyRangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship
with the trophy when he was manager of Rangers

Warburton has to deliver now

The pressure is all on Warburton's shoulders. His credentials look good after restoring pride up at Rangers and taking plucky Brentford up to the Championship, but now he has perhaps the most difficult job of his career so far.

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