Nottingham Forest may face further financial challenges if relegated due to clauses

In an exclusive report by Matt Hughes, Nottingham Forest face further potential financial problems after it emerged that players don’t have relegation clauses in their contracts.

Nottingham Forest sit 16th, just four points above Luton Town who occupy 18th. Per the report, “a significant number of the 27 players who remain at Forest after signing since their promotion to the top-flight 18 months ago will not face mandatory pay-cuts if the club are relegated.”

Although Nottingham Forest were able to insert relegation clauses into the contracts, “a number of players refused to accept them.” This means that if the club were to be relegated to the Championship, a high proportion of players will remain on significant salaries, which would force Forest’s hand into needing to sell players.

Appointed following Steve Cooper’s dismissal on 19 December 2023, Nuno Espírito Santo has won two of his four Premier League games in charge of Nottingham Forest, including a 2-1 win against Manchester United, and a 3-1 win against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.

After spending ~£120m in the summer transfer window, Nottingham Forest are yet to sign anyone in January, while players such as Orel Mangala could depart the club.

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