Suddenly the Leicester replay might get interesting…

… because the BBC are reporting that a certain Gary Megson is poised to take over the managerial vacancy that has existed at the Foxes since the day after our first attempt at a cup game.  The much-maligned former-Forest manager has been out of work since he was ousted as Forest manager back in February 2006.

Despite our unpleasant memories of him, he does have a track record of success at Championship level prior to taking the poisoned-chalice at the City Ground – twice dragging West Brom into the Premiership, and perhaps his uncompromising ideas of how the game should be played might not sit so uncomfortably at the Walkers Stadium as they did at the City Ground.

I must admit I’m a little surprised if this does indeed prove to be what is going to happen.  Mandaric is well-known for being very hands on indeed, which was reportedly part of the problem Martin Allen had with him, and it will be interesting to see how Megson deals with a chairman who will be breathing down his neck to ensure his goals are within reach.

But certainly it will add some much-needed spice to our forthcoming cup replay against Leicester, as there is obviously still a lot of ill-feeling amongst the Forest support for our former manager, so I’m sure if he is indeed unveiled as Leicester manager it might just help sell a few extra tickets for the replay on tuesday 18th September.

Things are Cohen to get better?

After getting through 90 minutes in the reserves this week, Chris Cohen is set to be included in the squad to face Port Vale at the weekend.  He played pretty much on the left of midfield (so watch out, Mr Commons!), and apparently still felt he was going strong after the game had finished – so fitness seems to be all it should be!

This is good news, undoubtedly – and, depending on whether he starts on the bench or on the pitch, could open up a few options for us in midfield.  If he started then he could play on the left, or in the middle – which gives us a whole raft of opportunities to adjust the line up.  Personally I would be tempted to play him centrally, dropping Perch to right back with Chambers moving central, and Wes onto the bench – or just Perch straight to the bench.

Despite my random speculation, I think it more likely that we’ll see a relatively familiar line up at Vale Park, with Cohen featuring amongst the substitutes.  It’s a welcome development that Smoulds is getting closer to having a full squad to select from, which will hopefully pay dividends in terms of performance and results, because there are significant signs of unrest amongst the fanbase.