Kinnear goes at Forest

Last updated : 16 December 2004 By Tony Scholes

It can come as no surprise after weeks of speculation and certainly following David Johnson’s TV interview over the weekend when as club captain he blatantly refused to back his manager something had to change.

Forest were facing a relegation battle when Kinnear arrived in February this year and in a massive turn round he helped them escape and end the season as high as 14th with a total of sixty points.

Everyone thought that Forest would then make a big impression this season but it hasn’t happened and there were problems with both Andy Reid and Marlon King early in the season with Kinnear refusing to play either of them.

More recently King, and captain Johnson, have been made available as they once again struggle in the bottom three with just four wins all season.

It would still not come as a major shock to see Kinnear move to Cardiff should they finally decide to part with Lennie Lawrence. Sam Hammam is looking to re-create his old Wimbledon set up there with Terry Burton already on the coaching staff.

That could see Kinnear going head to head with Forest in a relegation battle but for now it is another ex-Wimbledon man Mick Harford who will be in charge of Forest when they take on Leicester this Friday.

Forest become the fifth club in our division, and the twenty-first in all divisions, to change manager since the season got underway.