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Hughton excited by Forest project

12 October 2020

Ritchie Sumpter

New Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton is excited at the prospect of taking charge of the club having been appointed last week.

Hughton was introduced as the club’s new manager to the press on Thursday and expressed how much he is looking forward to the challenge that awaits him.

He said: “I am very excited, I must admit, and I am really looking forward to the challenge. We have a big period of games coming up after the international break and it is good timing as it gives me time to work with the squad and the players.

“All you can do is make the decision at the time when that offer comes, and when the possibility came to manage this wonderful football club, I didn’t have to think twice about it.

“A lot has been said about the history of this club and I go back far enough to know about the history, but I have been in the game a long time and have been along that road of progression for the football club in whatever era, as a player having played here and as a manager having managed here.

“I am not somebody that just knows this football club from those early accomplishments and those trophies, I know this football club all the way along the road this far.”

After a poor start to the season, Hughton’s first task will be to get the team up and running in the Championship with the ultimate aim to return the club to the top flight.

“It is a challenge and that is why I am here,” he said. “I don’t think there is a job around at this particular moment, at any club whatever the pressures and expectations, that is not a challenge.

“That comes with the territory and what I have taken over is a club that, apart from a period at the end of last season, had a good season. They were in a good position in the league with high hopes and expectations, that is where they were last season and we can’t be a million miles away from that at the moment.

“For whatever reason, and I have been in the game long enough to know that it happens, it hasn’t started so well this season. It is for me to instil that confidence back into the team, to determine the way of playing, the best team and the squad that we will finish up with at the end of the window, and to do ultimately the job that this club wants and that is to reach the Premier League.”


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