They’ve always been separated by a river.

But the divide between Nottingham’s football teams’ fortunes couldn’t be more different.

On one side of the Trent, Notts County finally look to have stabilised after years of financial uncertainty.

Local businessman Alan Hardy completed a takeover from the long-suffering Ray Trew on January 12.

The following day former Newcastle and West Ham stalwart Kevin Nolan was appointed manager.

What followed was the League Two side’s biggest attendance of the season and a 0-0 draw with local rivals Mansfield that stopped a run of 10 defeats in a row.

Whilst the foundations now appear to be in place for a turnaround, the fans know that things won’t change overnight.

The club are in the League Two relegation zone and are still under a transfer embargo due to a winding up order from HM Revenue and Customs over their huge debts.

Despite this there’s a renewed optimism floating around Meadow Lane which hasn’t been seen in a long time as they now appear to have the right people in charge, both in the dugout and in the boardroom.

But the grey clouds show no signs of lifting on the other side of the Trent.

Recent takeover talks with American businessman John Jay Moores collapsed on Friday for no apparent reason.

Manager Phillippe Montanier was then sacked the day after and the club sit 20th in the Championship table without a win in seven league games.

After several transfer embargoes and a number of winding up petitions, it’s safe to say that fans have finally turned on owner Fawaz Al-Hawasi.

A protest has been organised for before Saturday’s game against Bristol City and a ‘go fund me’ page has been set up to finance the printing of anti Fawaz propaganda like banners and posters.

The page raised £115 from 12 backers, considerably surpassing its £40 target.

Things could get worse still for Forest as they could be forced into the sale of captain Henri Lansbury, to pay back a loan given to them by John Jay Moores and his partners.

Ryan Giggs has been linked to the vacant manager’s position but whoever replaces Phillippe Montanier faces an uphill battle to keep Forest in the Championship.

With no potential investors on the horizon and Fawaz’s reluctance to invest anymore money in the squad, things are looking bleak for Forest.

In recent history Nottingham’s football teams have taken a battering, both on the pitch and off it, but now at least there is a beacon of hope for one of the city’s historic sides.

The less said about the other team the better.