Last season’s play-off failure consigned former European powerhouses Nottingham Forest to a 13th season outside the top flight.
As such, Forest betting fans will be hoping that Championship title odds of 12/1 are indicative of a long-overdue return to the Premier League.
The last two years have promised much for Forest, with two successive appearances in the play-offs following directly on from promotion to the Championship from League One.
Both play-off campaigns ultimately ended in failure, with Forest losing in the semi-finals to eventual winners Blackpool in 2009/10 and Swansea in 2010/11.
While they would no doubt have preferred to have gone up, Forest fans can at least console themselves with the fact that they have a good base to build on.
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Crucially for Forest, many of their rivals for the title appear set to lose some of their best players before the new campaign begins.
The likes of Scott Parker, Matthew Upson and Demba Ba are all set to exit West Ham; there are doubts over the futures of Scott Dann, Craig Gardner and Roger Johnson at Birmingham; and Reading’s Shane Long looks to be on his way.
While there are questions over the future of manager Billy Davies, Forest nevertheless appear to be more settled than the other likely challengers for the Championship title, which can only stand them in good stead.
The question will be whether this is enough to take them all the way to the title or whether Forest fans will have to settle for a third successive play-off campaign and the uncertainty that would undoubtedly bring.
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