According to SunSport (h/t Nottinghamshire Live), Martin O’Neill has taken steps to strength Nottingham Forest’s squad, recruiting Tommy Johnson as a talent spotter. The 48-year-old spent the majority of his career in England but played under O’Neill at Celtic, winning one Scottish Premiership title (2000/01), one Scottish Cup (2001) and two Scottish League Cups (2000, 2001).
He became a coach after his playing career came to an end and got into scouting for a number of clubs. O’Neill wants to use Johnson to help identify talent to bolster the team for next season. Forest are still on the hunt for promotion, with the Reds currently sitting ninth in the Championship and two points adrift of the playoffs with seven games remaining.
If Forest fail to go up this season, they could lose a number of key players from the squad (Jack Colback, Joe Lolley, Lewis Grabban) and may have to replace those who are out-of-form or out-of-favour – Claudio Yacob, Liam Bridcutt, Adlene Guedioura and Diogo Goncalves among others.
Forest spent £13m on Joao Carvalho who has struggled for consistency this season, so a talent spotter may help to get value for money in the transfer market.