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John Terry warned to ‘stay away’ from Nottingham Forest job by Simon Jordan, with Chelsea legend tipped as possible replacement for Chris Hughton after worst start in 108 years


John Terry has been warned of the potential job offer at Nottingham Forest, with current manager Chris Hughton under intense pressure at the bottom of the Championship table.

Forest relinquished a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to Cardiff on Sunday to make it five losses in its first six games in the Second Division, siding at the bottom of the table on just one point – the club’s worst start to the season in 108 years.

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Former Premier League regular Hughton is approaching the exit gate after less than a year in charge, and Terry has been linked with work alongside former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder.

However, talkSPORT host Simon Jordan advised the Chelsea legend to avoid the City Ground, saying history will only repeat itself.

“If John Terry goes to Nottingham Forest they’re going to have the same issues,” said the White and Jordan host.

John Terry warned to ‘stay away’ from Nottingham Forest job by Simon Jordan, with Chelsea legend tipped as possible replacement for Chris Hughton after worst start in 108 years
Forest is a mess after finishing 17th last season

“Nottingham Forest has had 18 managers over the past ten years, the average being that each manager gets one year.

“I’m all for a change of coach that doesn’t give you any indication that they’re going to do anything different than the previous guy, but you get to the point where you start looking at him and going, what’s going on- does he in this football club?

“Why has this club which was a powerhouse of English football abandon the Premier League and only come close to coming back twice in the past 22 years?”

Hughton took over from Sabri Lamouchi in October 2020, after the Frenchman had an equally scorching start to the season.

John Terry warned to ‘stay away’ from Nottingham Forest job by Simon Jordan, with Chelsea legend tipped as possible replacement for Chris Hughton after worst start in 108 years
Sabri Lamouchi was sacked by Nottingham Forest shortly after their last-day disaster
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In the previous campaign, however, Lamouchi was not far from the club’s legendary status, inches from a play-off final before a stunning last-day collapse against Stoke.

“You look at the people who have been there for the last ten years – Alex McLeish, Billy Davies, Stuart Pearce, Dougie Freedman, Mark Warburton, Aitor Karanka, Martin O’Neill, Sabri Lamouchi and now Chris Hughton,” Jordan continued.

“Chris Hughton knows his way around a football club, but he had to know the job he did.

“Chris has to look at himself, but you also have to look at the underlying reasons. None of their recent owners can focus on this club.

John Terry warned to ‘stay away’ from Nottingham Forest job by Simon Jordan, with Chelsea legend tipped as possible replacement for Chris Hughton after worst start in 108 years
Hughton has had huge success with Brighton but hasn’t been able to replicate that in Forest
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Jordan, the former president of Crystal Palace, believes the leadership turnover at Forest has gotten out of hand and now isn’t the right time, the wrong place for Terry to move in for his first leadership role.

He added: “They had 18 first team coaches! Even I, who spent nine out of 11 years at Crystal Palace… 18 terms, 18 coaches – that can’t give you any role model and they all have varying levels of success for little moments or really big failures.

“If you have an experienced manager like Chris Hughton, who is a really good manager, and he can’t get this group to start, how are you going to give it to someone who has no experience?

“Yes I understand John Terry has more experience than Wayne Rooney maybe he has sat in the background and learned as No 2 but it’s a big gap compared to putting him in a football club that’s a busted flush, it doesn’t know where he’s going and what he’s doing, and you have an experienced operator who can’t do that.

John Terry warned to ‘stay away’ from Nottingham Forest job by Simon Jordan, with Chelsea legend tipped as possible replacement for Chris Hughton after worst start in 108 years
Terry is on the hunt for a head coach job after stepping down as Villa assistant
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“Mark Warburton is doing well now at QPR so why was he not fit to work at Nottingham Forest? They gave him nine months, and that’s what I mean.

“You put John Terry in this situation, who doesn’t have the skills or the knowledge, how much time is he going to be given to let alone find his feet, let alone get down to it?”

“He’s in the conversation because he’s John Terry. I really like John Terry, a lot of people don’t like him, but I like him as a guy, and I liked him as a footballer.

“I want to be given an opportunity, but it’s an opportunity that he must avoid. It is a landscape in which he cannot succeed.

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