Nottingham Forest have began a downward spiral of poor results, which fans worry will continue now they are without a manager once again.
The Championship side had an impressive start to their season with a 13-game unbeaten run during the early months.
In recent games, their form has dwindled only winning two games in their last 10 since the end of January, seeing the European Cup Winners slip to mid-table of the SkyBet Championship and nine points away from the relegation zone.
Forest are somewhat famous for their turnover of managers over the past few seasons changing managers six times since owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi purchased the club in 2012.
Many Reds fans blame on the managerial changeover for the team’s poor performance.
“They just don’t have a threat at the moment.”
Will Bailey, Nottingham Forest fan
Prior to Dougie Freedman’s sacking, Forest suffered a 3-0 home defeat to promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday.
Following this, Al-Hasawi temporarily appointed coach Paul Williams to take charge of the Reds as they travelled to the KC Stadium for their clash against Hull City.
Forest managed to take an early lead with a stunning goal from Gary Gardener, but it wasn’t enough for Williams’ side and they had to take a share of the winnings as Hull claimed a point from the game with less than 20 minutes to go.
For fans, Hull was preparation for their most important clash of the season: The East Midlands Derby.
Forest fans backed their team as they travelled across Brian Clough Way to the iPro Stadium, last Saturday, hoping to win the second leg of the Derby clash and retain their all-important Brian Clough trophy.
Prior to the Derby clash CBJ ran a Twitter Poll predicting the outcome of the game after recent events at The City Ground.
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Only 23% predicted a Forest win, with 58% voting in favour of rivals Derby, the Reds then had something to prove.
Aside from wanting to win their most important game of the season, there was added pressure on the team to prove they could get three points, despite Freedman’s sacking.
Forest fans turned out in full, with the away section coloured red, as they prepared to face the Rams. The atmosphere inside the iPro Stadium was incredible, Forest fans backing their team till the end.
Video: Away end at the iPro Stadium prior to Kick-off
Despite the show stopping performance and energy Forest displayed throughout the 90 minutes, it wasn’t enough for the Reds to take a share of the spoils as the Rams got a late winner, taking all three points.
This seems to be a familiar scenario for Forest fans, after the Red’s dominated the majority of the game but failed to turn their opportunities into results.
After the events at the iPro Stadium, fans voiced their frustration here on CBJSpotlight:
Video: Forest fans’ reactions
Although there is disappointment across the Trent post-Derby, Forest still have eight games remaining to ensure their safety in the league.
Forest’s Form Statistics:
Prior to Freedman’s sacking:
Last two games:
Next three Games:
Brentford, Home – last meeting: 2-1 Loss
Reading, Away – last meeting: 3-1 Win
Brighton, Home – last meeting: 1-0 Loss
Looking ahead to their remaining games, Forest fans say they hope to remain positive about their future as they welcome back skipper Oliver Burke, during the East Midlands Derby and with the new addition to Forest, front man Federico Macheda, continuing to make his mark on the front-line the Reds are pushing for a more attacking side.
Whether this proves a turning point for Fawaz’s club or whether Forest’s manager-less future remains out of his control remains to be seen.