It’s all come crashing down for Martin O’Neill at Forest and now it’s time for the club to find a replacement. Results in the key stage of the season simply haven’t been good enough.
His side have shown a real lack of character and bottle over the last few months. Their away form has been dreadful, with their last win on the road coming on November 24 against Hull. That’s pathetic and nowhere near the standard Forest fans expect.
Their 3-0 loss at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, following their defeat to 22nd-placed Rotherham the week before just proves the wheels have well and truly fallen off, and there’s no way back for O’Neill. He may be a club legend, but he needs to leave.
From a positive position at the start of the year, they’re now six points away from sixth in the tenth spot, alongside with Preston, Hull and Swansea on the same points. That doesn’t seem far, but the sheer number of teams fighting for the play-offs means a slip up is fatal, and they’ve had far too many.
The players just don’t seem to be putting it all in anymore, and it’s a sign that the manager’s time is up. They should find a replacement now so they can start preparing for a promotion push next season.
If they leave it too late, plans won’t be in place for summer and they could face another campaign like this one. It’s not good enough for their play-off hopes to be over already.
The fans know it, the board knows it and Martin O’Neill will know it too.
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