The restructure of things at Forest is well underway.
After the departure of Roy Keane, Seamus McDonagh, and two scouts, the aim was to recruit some quality into the coaching and recruitment setups.
The first of these to come in, was the German scout, Lars Mrosko, who, as well as having experience in his homeland, also has experience in the UK, having spent a season at Bradford.
Also coming in was Goalkeeping coach, Kevin Hitchcock. The former Chelsea goalkeeper having experience at a high level with Man City, Fulham, QPR, and Birmingham, as well as in Qatar. He is proficient in all goalkeeper coaching areas.
After that, former Manchester United youth coach, Paul McGuinness joined as assistant manager. His experience of working with youngsters will be invaluable, as we aim to blood some youngsters.
Former Crewe scout, Chris Johnson, and ex German international Bernd Schneider joined to boost the scouting department, with Tom Williams joining them to complete the team.
Edgar Davids, Mark Chamberlain and Danny Elliott join as U23 coaches, with Chris Cohen stepping up to assist Jimmy Gilligan in the management structure.
On the playing side, offers came in for Jack Robinson from Middlesbrough, and Daryl Murphy from Portland and DC United.
Both players left, which lead to about £40k p/w in wages being recouped. Next to leave was Liam Bridcutt, on a free to Wigan, with youngsters Liam Bossin (Queen of The South) and Jordan Gabriel (Wrexham) leaving on loan for first team football.
With Robinson leaving, this left us short of a first choice left back, especially if we were to play 4 at the back as mentioned earlier.
The scout reports that had already come back had identified a player in the Premier League who fit our requirements (talented, fringe player and young), and 23 year old Sam McQueen came in on loan from Southampton for the season, spending only £9k p/w of the budget we had regained.
Another signing came in just over a fortnight later, and a very highly rated one at that. Although our priority is to bring British/English youngsters through into the first team setup, if we find special talents, we can bring them in, as long as they are better than what we have.
Enter Sigurd Grønli. The 17 year old has come through the youth system at Tromso in Norway, and although he is a bit slight (only 5’8″), he will have more than enough time to develop, with the aim of moving him on within a couple of seasons for a large profit. At £550k, he may have been slightly more than I’m comfortable paying, but, if he goes for 8 figures in the future, its a risk worth taking.
The only other transfer news was the termination of several loans, which now sees only Diego Goncalves and Sam McQueen as the only loanees. This allows us to focus on player development and bringing more youngsters in.
The first game is in a few days, a trip to Bristol City, and with that, the transfer window will close.