COMMENT By Will Butcher
Football Insider names the Nottingham Forest flop of the year for 2016.
Manager Philippe Montanier is Nottingham Forest’s flop of the year as the two-time European Cup champions continue to stutter in the bottom half of the Championship.
The Frenchman’s eye-catching CV had Forest fans excited for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign in the summer, with fans dreaming of a return to the top flight.
Signings such as Nicklas Bendtner, Pajtim Kasami and Damian Perquis brought plenty of promise as the Championship giants looked to challenge the likes of pre-season favourites Newcastle to gain promotion.
However, Montanier has failed to provide such a title challenge for Forest, as they continue to stumble in the lower third of the second tier of English football.
Despite impressive spells with French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes and Spanish giants Real Sociedad, 52-year-old Montanier has found the Championship tough going. He remains a major disappointment and there are question marks as to whether he is out of his depth.
It remains unclear if Montanier knows what his best side at Forest is, as he continues to chop and change a number of players as well as his system at the City Ground.
Just nine wins from his 25 league and cup games in charge has left Forest just five places above the relegation drop zone.
Although Montanier has had to deal with a number of injuries including the likes of Matty Cash, Britt Assombalonga and Chris Cohen, the former Premier League side are expected to be in a much better position.
Montanier, who has also managed Boulogne and Valenciennes, will now be hoping to return to the kind of form at the start of the season that saw Forest win five of their opening seven matches.
But as they flounder at the wrong end of the Champions, Montanier is undoubtedly the flop of the year.
In other Nottingham Forest news, this is the young player of 2016 after a successful loan spell elsewhere.