Kenny Burns: This is where the blame lies for Nottingham Forest horror season
By Danny Wright
Kenny Burns says Nottingham Forest only have themselves to blame for what has been a horrific Championship campaign.
The East Midlands club are set to endure a stressful final day of the season when they welcome Ipswich to the City Ground on Sunday.
Mark Warburton’s side are just outside the bottom three and level on points with 22nd-placed Blackburn.
However a win against Ipswich might not be enough to help them avoid relegation as a big enough victory for the Rovers could see them clinch safety on goal difference.
Reds legend Burns has been disgusted by what he has seen from his former club this season and thinks that their performances on the road have been a major part of what could consign them to League One football in August.
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“Forest only have themselves to blame for being in this position,” said Burns on the Nottingham Post website. “Their away form has been dreadful. It’s not been good enough. That may just cost them another season in the Championship.
“In their four games away from the City Ground since Mark Warburton arrived as manager, Forest have taken just one point. They have scored just one goal – and that came in the 1-1 draw at Preston, Warburton’s first away game.
“They’ve lost the other three – and that is the form that may send them down.”
Warburton took charge of the club in March after a dismal run of results under Gary Brazil’s reign as interim manager.
Brazil had stepped in for Philippe Montannier, who was relieved of his duties in January and the managerial instability at the club has had serious repercussions on their league standing with them one place above the drop zone going into their last game.
Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham are also in Forest and Blackburn’s battle for survival and could still be relegated despite a win against Huddersfield on Saturday.
Rovers beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Saturday to set up what is bound to be a gripping day of action when they travel to mid-table Brentford.
Burns, 63, was a part of Brian Clough’s legendary two-time European Cup winning squads of 1979 and 1980.
The former Scotland international was a City Ground regular between 1977 and 1981 before he moved to Leeds.
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