Jermaine Jenas saddened by current state of Nottingham Forest

Video: Jenas explains why Forest need to act more quickly or risk falling behind

Former Forest midfielder turned pundit and charity ambassador Jermaine Jenas is sad at the state of his boyhood club, with no manager immediately in the pipeline to take over.

When asked what sort of manager the Reds needed right now, Jenas joked that he was the right man for the job before distancing himself from any managerial career anytime soon, claiming: “It is far too stressful.”

I would have thought and hoped that they would have it sorted by now

“The state of the club at the moment is pretty sad at the minute to be honest. There is a lot of uncertainty with regards to the management situation.

“I would have thought and hoped that they would have it sorted by now with the season finished because you’ve already been talking about recruitment and who is going to be coming to the club.

“Forest are a massive club, and don’t get me wrong there are a lot of clubs in limbo at the minute, but the year kind of petered out a little bit for Forest.”

Despite the lack of success at the City Ground, Jenas did find some positives from last season for the Reds.

He said: “There were some huge positives like Chris Cohen returning from a full year out with the injury he had, Britt Assombalonga coming back and scoring in the last game of the season, that was huge as well.”

“There are a lot of positives going into next year but it seems like some of the background noise just needs sorting out so they go on to have what I hope will be a successful year.”

Aside from speculation, there is no concrete news coming from Trentside as to the identity of the new manager. They were linked with former Rennes manager Philippe Montanier while Neil Warnock has also been rumoured to be high on Fawaz Al-Hawasi’s list.

Jenas says he understands the club wanting to be patient with their manager said but denoted that the longer they wait, the more harm it could do.

Jenas in action for Tottenham Hotspur

“It’s a tricky one because you don’t want to rush it and you do want to find the right person because if you don’t bring in the right one, all they’ll do is sack them in six months. No one wants that.

“But things are happening at other clubs, top players are already being linked with other clubs and the new manager that comes in is going to probably be working from a position further back than other managers who are already making phone calls and speaking to players and making steps forward for next season,” added the 33-year-old.

You can hear more from Jermaine tonight on Notts TV News from 5.30 and 6pm.

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