Chris Hughton. Credit - Nottingham Forest F.C.

After a poor first half of the season, Chris Hughton has failed to meet Nottingham Forest’s expectations this season of challenging for the playoff spots.

In fact, Forest has fallen short of those expectations and are currently sitting 21st in the Championship, this is well below where fans were hoping Forest to be at this point in the season.

As a result, serious questions have to be asked to Chris Hughton as to why his team has been faltering and unable to have an edge over opposition teams despite the amount of quality the team possesses.

After Hughton succeeded Lamouchi at the City Ground, many people thought that Forest would be rejuvenised as a club and there would be a steely and defiant nature to the team, like Hughton has been able to get out of his players at prior clubs such as Brighton.

However, the reality is that Hughton has been unable to galvanise the Forest players, and the Nottingham Forest board will be thinking about whether they made a mistake sacking Lamouchi.

February is a crucial month for Chris Hughton and it will determine if Forest has enough firepower to avoid a relegation battle and whether Hughton will still have a job by the end of it.