Chris Wilder is interested in the possibility of taking over at Nottingham Forest.
That’s according to Alan Nixon’s report in The Sun, with the journalist claiming that the former Sheffield United manager would be interested in taking over from Chris Hughton at the City Ground – should the 62-year-old be relieved of his duties.
The report goes on to state that Wilder has not been in employment since leaving the Blades in March this year, despite having been linked with a number of Championship clubs in the summer, such as Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion.
After what has been a disastrous start to Forest’s 2021/22 Championship campaign, with the Reds having picked up a single point over their opening six fixtures of the season, even the most ardent of Hughton supporters must now be thinking the time is right for the Irishman to move on.
And, with Wilder appearing keen on taking over from the former Brighton & Hove Albion manager, it would seem a highly advisable move for Dane Murphy to take advantage of the 53-year-old’s interest, as he’d be a major coup for the Garibaldi.
Indeed, despite a disappointing final season with Sheffield United last term, Wilder’s work in transforming the Blades from a side languishing in League One, firstly to a top-half Championship side, then into a Premier League promotion-winning side, all in the space of three seasons, is exactly the profile of manager the Forest CEO should be trying to bring into the club.
There are clear comparisons that can be drawn between United prior to Wilder’s arrival and the current state of Forest, with both clubs being historically big teams with huge fanbases but were/are massive underperforming on their potential.
As such, with the sacking of Hughton very much looking to be a matter of when rather than if, it would appear a very wise move for Murphy to pull the trigger on the 62-year-old’s dismissal, and to subsequently appoint the man Don Hutchison claimed is an “outstanding” manager as quickly as possible, in order to limit the distance currently between the Reds and the rest of the Championship.