Evangelos Marinakis' stance over Nuno's Nottingham Forest future as update emerges

Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo
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After recent speculation about his future, it is said Nuno Espirito Santo is “expected” to start the 2024/25 season as Nottingham Forest head coach.

Since the Reds secured Premier League safety last weekend, rumours about Nuno’s position have been doing the rounds. The Portuguese has been linked with other clubs while Forest have been linked with other managers.

However, The Sun report Nuno “is expected” to be in post at the City Ground when the new campaign begins in August. It is said he “retains” the faith of owner Evangelos Marinakis.

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Less than 24 hours after Nuno had guided the Reds to survival last Sunday, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano said “there’s a chance” he could depart the club this summer. He was then mooted as a potential candidate for the Bayern Munich job and was said to have teams in his homeland and in Spain monitoring his situation.

Forest were subsequently linked with other bosses. They were credited with an interest in ex-Brighton and Hove Albion boss Roberto De Zerbi and Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Italiano, and Marinakis was said to have enlisted the help of super agent Jorge Mendes to “recommend” options.

The speculation came after Nuno had dropped a cryptic comment about his future in his final pre-match press conference of the season. Prior to the clash with Burnley, he was asked whether he hoped to be part of Marinakis’ vision for the club and simply said: “I’m here now.”

Following his team’s 2-1 win at Turf Moor, he described the campaign as his toughest in management. He admitted: “When you ask me if it was hard, it was hard because we didn’t have the chance to build what is most important for me in football - the bond. Now we are starting to see that the players are trusting us and trusting each other.

“Definitely the most difficult. Now we need to rest. Everyone needs to rest because it was very tough. The players, the staff and the fans need to rest. Now is the moment to celebrate - really celebrate.”

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