Our five-point survival guide to Nottingham Forest


Charnley, who was Mike Ashley’s main manager at Newcastle for seven years, will also work closely with Forest’s ownership group, including Evangelos Marinakis, and with Murphy himself. Charnley left Newcastle in November after 22 years at the club in various roles. He had been chief executive since April 2014 and was responsible for overseeing Ashley’s vision for the club which was not popular with supporters. He stayed for a while after the takeover by the Saudi-led consortium to help with the transition to new owners.

The club will announce his arrival in the coming days as they prepare to add more names in this transfer window. Forest take on West Ham on Sunday in the first Premier League game at the City Ground since May 1999.

Forest have agreed a fee of around £9million with Real Betis for Alex Moreno, who can play as a left-back and a left-winger. His medical is set for the next few days and he would be the 13th new signing at the City Ground this window, with more expected.

While Charnley’s appointment will, in theory, help Forest, Telegraph Sport believe there are five other key areas that can help Cooper’s side.

Keep things in perspective

Liverpool and Manchester City are the only Premier League sides to emerge victorious from the increasingly fortress-like home of Newcastle (besides Cambridge in the FA Cup) during Eddie Howe’s nine-month reign, so it was fine. always be a difficult task. , a stark contrast to last season when the Toon Army had to wait until December to see their team win at home. There have been a few recent cup victories but Forest have been without a league win in this part of the world for 34 years and have yet to beat the Geordies in the Premier League in nine attempts.

Beat your relegation rivals

West Ham are hardly a rival for relegation, but the more hostile the atmosphere at the City Ground for their visit on Sunday the better.

The correlation between home form and survival remains key as Forest continue to find their feet just over two months after securing promotion. Earning those six nerve points against the other basement dwellers will go a long way to ensuring safety.

“We have players arriving left, right and center and it’s about getting to know each other better,” said Neco Williams, one of six starters from 13 summer arrivals for a combined spend of more than 100 million. of pounds sterling. The Wales defender added: “When that gets in place the results will start to improve.”

Breaking the bank for Morgan Gibbs-White

Will he be lucky for a fourth time in the effort to land the talented attacking midfielder, who has worked closely with Cooper during their time together in England youth training?

Forest are closing in on Wolves’ £40million valuation for the 22-year-old, who excelled on loan at Sheffield United last season. Saturday’s loss suggested Cooper could do with at least one more offensive option after a display where Sam Surridge missed at least two decent chances. Breaking the club’s transfer record to take its summer spending to nearly £150million by landing Gibbs-White would be a statement of intent.

Reinforce Brennan Johnson

At one point during the second half of a game when the visitors failed to register a shot on target, Johnson tried to take the ball around Dan Burn with the kind of explosive sprint that has regularly done for Championship defenders last season. This time, however, Burn’s high-flying craftsmanship and general mass – imagine trying to round the stern of a black and white tanker – simply pushed the forest forward into a dead end to instantly extinguish the danger.

It may be time for Johnson to beef up a bit for future battles with the Premier League’s gnarly former centre-halves, or simply work on the angle of his runs to exploit the advantage his pace gives him. against markers. After being swept away with alarming ease by the Tyneside Tower, it’s an issue the Wales international needs to address as he has the talent to succeed at this level.

Take more care of the ball

To his credit, Cooper offered no excuses after his loss to a team that was simply better that day. The head coach was rightly critical of his team’s inability to hold onto the ball, an observation confirmed by their possession of just over a third possession.

Lewis O’Brien and Harry Toffolo, the former Huddersfield duo signed last month by defeated play-off final opponents Forest, struggled at times to manage the pace of the game. Both, however, have the quality to adapt quickly to this level and begin to display the range and quality of their passing to play a part in Cooper’s quest to ensure his side have more possession of the ball. rather than continuing it for most of the afternoon. .

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By Jason Mellor


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