Nottingham Forest appear to be safe in the Championship but once again it has been a season mostly defined by mediocrity. Aitor Karanka replaced Mark Warburton earlier in the campaign but dramatic change has not happened.
Whilst Nottingham Forest are seemingly pleased with the changes made under Karanka, this summer an overhaul is needed.
One way Nottingham Forest should start this change is to trim the dead weight from the club.
This summer the likes of Danny Fox, David Vaughan, Chris Cohen and Jack Hobbs are all out of contract at the City Ground.
These four players should also be joined by two others.
Michael Mancienne and Eric Lichaj are players who define the mid-table Nottingham Forest side who have failed to achieve over the past five years.
Lichaj and Fox are currently both still regulars in the first-team set-up, while Vaughan has barely place since the turn of the year.
Nottingham Forest need to start building from scratch and this summer they should be allowed to leave.
Just like Cohen and Hobbs, the three players in question linger around at Nottingham Forest, like ghosts of an unwanted past tainted by failure and misadventure.
Cohen and Hobbs, whose injury records have defined their recent careers, will not be missed on the pitch.
If Nottingham Forest are to escape the shackles of their mediocre past they need to do so from afresh.
Most of these six players are still more than capable of doing a job at Nottingham Forest. It is not necessarily a decision based on footballing talent, but it is a signifier.
Forest are moving on to something new and to do so, the past has to be left in the past.
Getting rid of this sextet of players would be the first step toward building a brighter Nottingham Forest under Karanka’s guidance.