By Danny Wright
Mark Warburton has revealed that he wants to drastically reduce the number of players in his Nottingham Forest squad ahead of next season.
The East Midlands clubs’ Championship status was confirmed on Sunday and the former Rangers boss has now began his summer transfer plans.
Warburton, 54, wants to cut his squad down to around 20 players in the belief that it will help him manage Forest more efficiently.
According to the Nottingham Post, the Reds boss had terminated the loan contracts of four players ahead of Sunday’s Championship finale with Ipswich and goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic is also set to leave the City Ground.
“We came in to 33-34 players and we are trimming. We need a tight squad,” Warburton told the BBC Radio Nottingham, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.
“I want a squad of 21-22 players next year. A tighter squad is far more beneficial than a heavy squad.”
A number of Warburton’s squad have been linked with moves away from the City Ground over the summer.
He could be helped out, as according to the Sun, Liverpool are looking for a deal to sign highly-rated teenager Ben Brereton while Port Vale manager Michael Brown has expressed his interest in Tyler Walker.
Joe Worrall was linked with a move to West Brom, but Tony Pulis has since ruled that out.
Warburton was brought into the City Ground on a two-and-a-half year deal in a bid to steer the club away from relegation to League One.
The Reds just about managed to that and eventually avoided the drop thanks to goal difference in a dramatic final day of the season which saw Blackburn booted into the third-tier.
Football Insider Verdict
Forest need to do something drastic in the summer in order to make sure they have an easier time in the Championship next season. Warburton is right by saying that the squad size is way too big at the moment but the release of a number of players that are on loan is a good start. There is a lot of deadwood at the City Ground and Warburton could also cash in on some of the club’s younger prospects. He has some good attacking players so the place that needs improving first is possibly in defence and signing a new goalkeeper would be a good start.
In other Nottingham Forest news, the Reds, along with Derby, are keeping tabs on this 24-year-old goalkeeper who is available on a free transfer.