By Harvey Byrne

Stan Collymore has identified Nottingham Forest’s “poor structure” as a reason for why the club have been mired in crisis for so long.

The Midlands giants have not experienced top flight football in England since suffering relegation in 1999 and have even dropped down to League One in the time away from the Premier League.

They have also not finished in the top six of the Championship since 2011 and current owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi’s leadership of the club is one that has come under major criticism.

One fan on Tuesday afternoon asked Collymore on his personal Twitter account whether the club’s problems for the past few years were just bad luck or something more serious.

To which former Forest ace Collymore replied: “Poor structure. Chief Exec, then DoF, Head Coach, those three positions are key. Need strong characters, industry knowledge, forward thinking.”

There have long been reports that Forest are in talks with American businessman John Jay Moores to take over the club.

But, for the meantime they are struggling in the Championship, currently occupying 17th place with six points separating them from the relegation zone.

They will be eager to avoid the drop, but their next match will see them take on fourth placed Huddersfield on boxing day in a difficult encounter.

In other Nottingham Forest news, this has been Forest’s biggest flop of 2016.