Date: 7th February 2018 at 9:26am
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Former Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton has said that the biggest problem for him at the club was a lack of clarity from the board when it came to what the ‘aims’ were.

Defending the transfers made during his time in charge, Warburton told the Nottingham Post that he felt his revamp of the squad, having kept us up on the final day of the previous campaign, had been a success and despite a lull in form that led to his departure, he felt with greater time that form would’ve again improved.

With Britt Assombalonga heading out for big money, the former Rangers man felt that the arrival of Daryl Murphy, Jason Cummings, Barrie McKay, Tendayi Darikwa, Liam Bridcutt, Kieren Dowell and Andreas Bouchalakis would’ve all more than come good with greater time with the group but the big thing was we sorted Financial Fair Play concerns out as a base to move forward from.

‘I think the goals for us were to create a young hungry squad. Selling Britt Assombalonga for £15m made perfect sense. It answered any questions over FFP and was good business for the club.’

With Warburton going for a younger, less experienced squad, he went on to say.

‘In terms of experience, the likes of Daryl Murphy coming in for £2m was good business. He got the goals. Then we went young with Barrie McKay, Jason Cummings and promoted Tyler Walker. You have to build and give the young players time. If we came 10th, 11th or 12th after last season and looked to add over the summer we could have moved forwards next season. The lack of clarity is the most frustrating thing, but the owners are the owners and that`s their right.’

On the subject of ‘lack of clarity’ the 55 year old explained that he was simply unsure about the exact league expectations that were placed on him, in terms of what would be good enough or deemed failure, so in his mind it was always about aiming to avoid a relegation battle and then keep building towards 2018/19 for real growth.

‘The biggest disappointment would be the lack of clarity in terms of what represented success this season. Any job you go into, you have to say ‘what represents success this season?`, ‘is it mid-table?`. Had we come 10th or 11th this year would it be seen as a bad year or a good year? I think you have to know, and I think we were under the impression that if we could build that young squad – and you look at the likes of Tyler Walker, Matty Cash and Joe Worrall, and these young boys, the average age was coming right down. Even the loanees, Kieran Dowell came to us at 19, so these young players need time to develop, they need minutes on the pitch and they`re going to make mistakes, they are going to have highs and lows, no doubt about that.’

With a defined expectation for the season, whether that would’ve changed his approach – especially as results dipped – is open for debate but things did reach a tipping point and football is not a patient game thesedays.

You can be good on the eye at points and ugly at others, but you have to be effective regardless and for many fans Warburton needed more time to make that happen, for others they didn’t see enough to believe he could make it happen.

But since when did everyone agree?

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