On the back of suffering a sixth league defeat in seven matches, it was somewhat inevitable that Forest would choose to sack Hughton in the hours after the loss to Middlesbrough.
Forest have still not conceded more than two goals in a game this season, but the manner of their latest setback meant that the veteran’s position had become untenable.
The club’s hierarchy, who remain under-fire from large section of the club’s supporters, have announced that Steven Reid will take caretaker charge of the team.
However, there will be a demand for a permanent appointment to be made as soon as possible, particularly with the East Midlands outfit still four points adrift of safety.
Their next opponents were criticised last season with Carlos Corberan often failing to prove that he is the right man for the job at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Nevertheless, the patience of the Huddersfield board is now being rewarded, Tuesday’s 3-0 win at Blackpool leaving the Terriers in sixth position.
Five of their nine goals conceded came in the same match, and there is increasing confidence that Corberan is getting things right at both ends of the pitch.
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Defender Matty Pearson tops the goalscoring charts with three strikes, but midfielder Sorba Thomas remains the star of the campaign with one goal and four assists.
While Corberan will opt to take one match at a time over the coming weeks, there is a window of opportunity to cement their place in the playoffs with a favourable schedule ahead of them