Nottingham Forest have struggled to find stability in recent years, struggling under the controversial ownership of Fawaz Al Hasawi, and the insecurity at the City Ground saw former Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett turn down the vacant managerial position.
Rowett was approached in January by a consortium in-talks to buy Forest, who wanted him to become the club’s next manager, but the collapse in a sale has stopped that move from taking place- although Rowett has left the door open to taking charge of the club in the future.
Speaking to the EFL Weekly Podcast, Rowett said:
“The thing with Forest is, and I can be honest and open, with any job you look at the structure of the club. You look at where you think that club is at the minute and can you honestly go in and give that your best shot?”
“What I would say, if you look at three or four weeks ago when the link was there, I felt that was very difficult for me to do should the opportunity arise. That was something that didn’t really interest me at the time.”
“I think the job Gary Brazil and Jack Lester have done since has been phenomenal and much needed because it’s taken them out of those bottom positions.”
“If the structure was to change and I felt there was more support for the manager long term and a long-term plan for where they want to be – because I want to get to the Premier League with a club or at least feel like there is that ambition – then of course Nottingham Forest is an amazing club with great history.”
“It would be a job that most managers, along with myself, would be interested in.”
With a highly-rated and driven manager like Gary Rowett at the helm, Nottingham Forest could certainly enjoy better fortune in the coming years- with Garry Monk at Leeds providing evidence of what could happen.