'So much deadwood’: Forest fans want further changes following 2017/18 retained list

A general view outside the ground prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on January 7, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

Nottingham Forest have officially named their retained list from the 2017/18 campaign.

Nottingham Forest's manager Aitor Karanka looks on during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Nottingham Forest at KCOM Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Hull,...

Nottingham Forest supporters have taken to social networking site Twitter to plead with the club to make big changes this summer following an official list of the players retained from the 2017/18 campaign.

The Reds have largely had a season to forget, finishing in a lower midtable position in the Championship with manager Aitor Karanka replacing the sacked Mark Warburton midway through the campaign.

The former Middlesbrough boss has a big job on his hands as he took over an unbalanced squad in desperate need of a shake-up and ultimately improvement in several key areas.

Chris Cohen of Nottingham Forest shoots during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town at City Ground on May 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Forest have opted to release just four of their senior first-team squad with Chris Cohen retiring, Jack Hobbs and David Vaughan seeing their contract expire and the forgotten Ashkan Dejagah moving on.

While the rest seemingly have a contract at the City Ground beyond the summer of 2018, a number of Forest supporters were hoping the club would come to some sort of agreement which would see more leave.

Diego Fabbrini of Birmingham City and Jack Hobbs of Nottingham Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrews Stadium on...

There are several players who are simply not good enough to play a part in a Championship promotion challenge, while others are clearly not in Karanka’s plans for one reason or another.

Commenting on Twitter, many supporters have cited the need for a drastic summer of change to the playing personnel with some fans calling for at least another six or seven players they need to move on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karanka brought in as many as seven new players during the January transfer window, and it could take a similar influx of players this summer to piece together a squad capable of challenging for the playoffs.

The Spaniard will be well aware of what he needs to rebuild the team, but it's questionable what type of budget he will be given and whether he will be able to get rid of several underperforming players who are clearly out of favour.

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