Date: 20th April 2019 at 1:04pm
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Jack Robinson was critical of Martin O’Neill’s selection policy and seemingly of the Forest manager’s tenure in recent comments made to the media, and O’Neill may have responded by axing the defender from the matchday squad entirely.

Robinson was a surprise omission against Sheffield United on Friday and there has been no official report from Forest suggesting he was injured. Jack Colback started at left-back and many believe what Robinson said has directly led to the tactical decision.

He told Nottinghamshire Live at the time: “It has been a disappointing end to the season. Since January, it has been pretty disappointing.” O’Neill replaced Aitor Karanka as Forest manager on January 15, so Robinson’s comments about poor form coincide with the change in manager – a point that clearly wasn’t lost on O’Neill.

Since joining on a free transfer from Queens Park Rangers, Robinson had been a regular for Forest – making the matchday squad in 39 of the Reds’ 43 Championship outings. But his future may now be uncertain under O’Neill, especially if the 25-year-old is left out against Middlesbrough on April 22.

Robinson’s comments may have been a thinly-veiled criticism of O’Neill, but the statistics do back up his argument. At the time of Karanka’s departure, Forest were seventh in the Championship and only four points adrift of the playoffs with a game in hand. But if the season started when O’Neill arrived, the Reds would be 16th in the table with 18 points from 16 games.

Whether Robinson has been dropped for the comments he made remains to be seen, but O’Neill’s treatment of him has certainly been odd.

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4 Replies to “Opinion: Potential fallout between Martin O’Neill and Jack Robinson may have come to a head”

  • Get rid of oneil before next season or it will be relegation only the guy hasn’t got a clue one man attack at home really

  • We’ve gone from 7th place, pushing for the playoffs, to relegation form. Mysterious team selections, peculiar formations, dubious substitutions, and listening to the Villa fans, stubborn and obstinate. The more we shout for Carvalho, the less chance he will have. He dropped Robinson out of spite. I thought he was a great appointment, but I am already sick of his “you haven’t seen them in training all week”. No. We rely on you to put a team out that can win games, and you have already lost that ability. If Boro beat us on Monday, and you pick another strange team, the pressure will start to build. You are experimenting with our money, and the patience is already wearing thin.

    • The tv pundits keep saying what a talented squad Forest have so who’s job is it to get the best out of them ? Martins gaffer in his playing days knew how to do it can’t help but think he’s just here for a pension top up.

  • If o’neil wants to stay as manager he should change his team selection methods quickly. He should pic the best 11 we have, including robinson in his right position. He should play them in a sensible formation on the pitch, for all the matchs, unless injured (not keep changing selection every game) so the players have time to get used to playing together as a team & get better each game. Old big head used to that & remember how well we did then! Afraid its now to late to think of promotion this season, but o’neil shud wake up & admit he has made mistakes causing the reds to lose more games & start doing the job properly or he shud “F… Off” & we should get a better, experienced manager in to sort things out ready for next season !!!!

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