Nottingham Forest News

In the southern parts of England, outside of London and its hundreds of clubs, resides Nottingham. Within Nottingham, the main team is Nottingham Forest, more often referred to as just Forest, in reference to Sherwood Forest that is one of the main talking and tourist points in Nottingham. Notts Forest have been in the Premier League for 2 years now, going into their 3rd year since they gained promotion in the 2020/21 season.

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Nottingham Forest’s History

Although a somewhat prominent addition to the current Prem table, Notts Forest have not always been a shining light. The club was founded in 1865 when a team of hockey players decided to start playing football alongside their initial sport. Their first official game of football was against local rivals, Notts County,

They had their most successful period in the mid-70s until the early 90s, when Brian Clough was the head coach of NFFC. When the official EPL was formed in 1992, Notts Forest were not promoted until the following season. They have most recently been promoted back to the Premier League in 2022 and have remained there, although their position is in doubt during the upcoming season.

Who Owns Nottingham Forest?

The current owner of Nottingham Forest is Greek media mogul and investor, Evangelos Marinakis. He also owns Greek club Olympiacos, and a few other companies outside of football. The other investor is Sokratis Kominakis.

Nottingham Forest’s Manager

As mentioned, Nottingham Forest’s most successful period was during club legend Brian Clough’s 383-game managerial stint at the club. He averaged 1.51 points per game, meaning they essentially won one in every 2 games under his management. Other managers include Mick Harford, Joe Kinnear, David Platt, Steve McClaren, and Chris Hughton. 

Between the reign of Chris Hughton and the introduction of Steve Cooper, Steven Reid acted as interim manager for 1 game and actually got Forest a win. Steve Cooper joined the club in September 2021 and has managed to keep them in the top flight since getting them promoted. 

Biggest Nottingham Forest Transfers

Nottingham Forest have an estimated market value of around €335.5 million, which is an incredibly high value for a club that does not have insane amounts of global reach or European involvement. Forest’s market value is built up on different assets and investments, and some of the players they have sold have added up to decent sums. Here are some of Nottingham Forest’s biggest outgoing transfers:

  • Britt Assombalonga to Middlesbrough in 2017/18 for €17.1 million
  • Matty Cash to Aston Villa in 2020/21 for €15.75 million
  • Oliver Burke to RB Leipzig in 2016/17 for €15.2 million
  • Stan Collymore to Liverpool in 1995/96 for €13 million
  • Michail Antonio to West Ham in 2015/16 for €9.5 million

On the other end, the manager and investors at Notts Forest have made some great inbound transfers, including ones that have proven to be vital to the teams success and survival in the Premier league. All 6 of Nottingham Forest’s highest spends have come in the last 2 transfer windows, and they are the following:

  • Morgan Gibbs-White from Wolves in 2022/23 for €29.5 million
  • Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin in 2022/23 for €20.5 million
  • Danilo from Palmeiras in 2022/23 for €20 million
  • Neco Williams from Liverpool in 2022/23 for €20 million
  • Anthony Elanga from Manchester United in 2023/24 for €17 million
  • Chris Wood from Newcastle in 2023/24 for €17 million

Nottingham Forest Drama

Nottingham Forest have only been on the front end of drama once in recent times, when a fight broke out on the pitch and the players surrounded the official in a threatening and violent manner. This is frowned upon in all English football games, and within sports in general.

One of the biggest pieces of controversy that involved Notts Forest was actually one that caused them dismay rather than them causing it for another team. During the 1984 UEFA Cup, Notts Forest travelled to Anderlecht for a semi-final second leg fixture. This fixture, as it turns out, was fixed in favour of Anderlecht, after someone used a gangster to bribe the referee with £18,000. This actually cost Nottingham Forest a spot in the final, and is still dwelled upon by fans to this day.

Who Plays For Nottingham Forest Now?

The Nottingham Forest squad looked quite dire going into the new season, but with the new signings crossing the line, we think they could have redeemed themselves a bit. In goal, Wayne Hennessey is the main shout. In defence, Joe Worrall,Omar Richards, Scott McKenna, Moussa Niakhate, Neco Williams, and more. Danilo, Kouyate, Mangala, Ojeda, Jonjo Shelvey, Morgan Gibbs-White, Brennan Johnson and Scarpa are members of the midfield. Up front, Notts Forest have new signing Anthony Elanga, Emmanuel Dennis, Chris Wood, Taiwo Awoniyi and are rumoured to be in talks with Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, although no deal has been made.

What Have Nottingham Forest Won?

Nottingham Forest actually have a relatively decorated trophy cabinet, although finishing 2nd place more consistently than actually winning. They have topped the EFL Championship table a few times, although the only time after 1992 was in 1997/98. They have won the EFL Cup 4 times, League One once, the FA Cup twice, and the European cup twice, too. In 1977/78, they won the Division One title, although they have not seen nearly as much success in the modernised Premier League.

Nottingham Forest 2023/24 Season Prediction

Our Balls Out Bet season prediction for Nottingham Forest is that they survive the drop, but not by much. For this club, it could come down to the wire, and could even see them survive purely on goal difference. They have proven that they are capable of performing against teams supposedly better than them, and with enough young talent in the squad and the backing of a good enough manager, Nottingham Forest should stay up in the top division of England’s football pyramid.

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