However, Steve Cooper has spearheaded the most remarkable of turnarounds, the 42-year-old losing just four of his 24 matches in charge and keeping the club in line for their most successful campaign over the past two decades.
Defeating Arsenal and Leicester City in the FA Cup has created headlines, but it is results such as the 2-0 win away at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night which are far more important in the long run.
Forest now occupy sixth position in the standings, a playoff spot being more than acceptable right now, but the East Midlands giants only sit nine points adrift of second place.
Although Cooper will want to keep everyone’s feet on the ground, Forest are undeniably the dark horses for automatic promotion having collected 21 points from their last 10 Championship fixtures.
Forest are the clear favourites to see off Stoke at the weekend, but Michael O’Neill will feel that his Potters side are back on track after two convincing wins.
After posting a 2-0 triumph over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, Stoke followed that victory by overcoming Swansea City by a 3-0 scoreline in the league.
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Jacob Brown scored for the third game in a row, the 23-year-old now having nine strikes for the campaign having established himself as first choice in attack.
At a time when Forest have won four of their last five games at the City Ground, Stoke have recently collected seven points from a possible 12 on their travels
Forest now occupy sixth position in the standings, a playoff spot being more than acceptable right now, but the East Midlands giants only sit nine points adrift of second place