Ross Wilson’s mid-season departure from Rangers to Nottingham Forest was one that came as a surprise but only in terms of timing.
Having been recruited from the Premier League, the former Light Blues sporting director was still well respected despite drawing criticism last season.
It would appear that Ross Wilson is under pressure again though after The Athletic reported that George Syrianos is set to return in a consultancy role, stepping on the former Rangers director’s toes in the process.
Ross Wilson role confusion as ex-Rangers director faces uncertainty
Nottingham Forest infamously went all out to stay in the top flight in 2022/23, building almost an entire squad from scratch.
Syrianos had been key in identifying the players that helped to get them promoted and also those that kept them up, however, a difficult start saw him removed from his position.
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The Athletic though, has claimed that an about turn has been performed:
“Forest’s hierarchy have realised over a period of months that they acted too hastily and, after a number of conversations between the relevant people, the club have invited Syrianos to take up a consultancy role offering his expertise to the board, owner Evangelos Marinakis and the recruitment department.”
There is no mention of Ross Wilson in the article which is strange considering he is the one who replaced George Syrianos for Nottingham Forest.
Ross Wilson had previously said at a Rangers AGM that he wasn’t solely responsible for transfers and it may be that he is overseeing more behind the scenes changes rather than dealing with recruitment.
It’s still a strange position for Ross Wilson to find himself in though, having someone else coming in to advise the board on players when one of his remits would be to work with the Nottingham Forest recruitment team.
How much will an experienced sporting director enjoy having to ask permission from someone else or having his homework checked by the man who used to have his job?