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Exclusive: Ex-Forest ace drops huge claim over Championship finish

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Former Nottingham Forest star Mark Crossley insists that the club have next to no chance of putting together a promotion push this season.

The club have endured a terrible start to the Championship season under the management of Chris Hughton.

Forest have lost all of their first four fixtures and subsequently find themselves in the relegation zone.

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Forest have been active in the transfer window but have yet to actually spend any money on a player.

Their signings have involved three loans, with Philip Zinckernagel, Jordi Osei-Tutu and joining from Watford, Arsenal, and Manchester United respectively, while they have also brought in goalkeeper Ethan Horvath on a free transfer.

Crossley believes the club have somewhat drifted in recent years, with the last six seasons seeing just two top-half finishes; a ninth-place finish in 2018/19 and a seventh-place finish in 2019/20.

In 2020/21 and 2017/18, they finished 17th, while they finished 21st in 16/17, and 16th in 15/16.

And Crossley believes they have grown used to simply finishing in mid-table in the second tier.

Speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, he said: “I think they’ve become a club where in the Championship, it just looks like a mid-table finish year in, year out, and it’s frustrating really, because having been at the club, and I know how well it’s supported and how big the club is, there’s not a lot happening.

“It’s a bit tired, and I cannot see a promotion push this season whereas years before I’ve been going ‘maybe this year’.

“They’ve flirted around the play-offs a little bit but I’m afraid this year, the Championship seems to be pretty strong.”

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