Kinnear focuses on avoiding the drop

Joe Kinnear has arrived at Nottingham Forest on a mission to keep them in the First Division, little more than a decade after he condemned them to relegation.

Kinnear, then the Wimbledon manager, had been responsible for the Dons' 1-0 victory which saw Forest forfeit their top-flight status at the end of the 1992-93 season, the final year of Brian Clough's reign.

Now Kinnear has followed in the footsteps of Clough and assumed managerial control at the crisis-hit East Midlands club whose winless streak stands at 14 consecutive League games.

But the 57-year-old revealed that he intended to repay his debt to the Forest faithful by hauling the club out of the First Division drop zone, where they currently occupy the third relegation spot.

"Forest came down to play us in April 1993 and they needed to win to stay up," Kinnear said. "But we beat them 1-0 to send them down and, as I remember, it was a goal from Andy Clarke who did it for us. Strange how things work out but I'm here now and my only priority is to avoid relegation again.

"This is a big club, a proper football club with a history and they should be playing Premiership football - I know that's a cliché and people say it about a lot of clubs but in this case it's true. I'm on a year-to-year rolling contract but at the moment we're looking no further than the end of this season.

"At that point I intend to sit down with the chairman and discuss a hit list of players but at the moment there's no other focus than to keep this club in the First Division."

Kinnear, whose first match in charge of Forest is at home to Walsall on Saturday, has signed a rolling contract until the end of the season. He confirmed he had watched the Forest squad train for the first time this morning and then met the players for a heart-to-heart chat.

"I thought the lads were bright and chirpy but I've told them the League table doesn't lie at this stage of the season," he said. "I've told them they've got to prove their critics wrong against Walsall on Saturday when they've got to go out there and get a win."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower