Smoulds feeling the pressure over the ‘protest’ that never was?

You can tell a lot from a reaction, as football is by it’s very nature a cycle.  When you follow a team for a while you get a whiff of how certain reactions can result in certain things playing out.  I haven’t written much about the ‘protest’ that was planned for after the Millwall game, because it wasn’t particularly apparent what the protest was for!

Clearly one of the protestors thought it a wonderful idea to pass the story on to The Mirror, who asked Smoulderwood what he thought about it (so I guess they at least figured the protest was against the manager), and he came out with the classic line, almost verbatim, that Kinnear used back in the day when his job was on line.

“I’m not worried about what a few fans using the internet who don’t come to games think”, he said.  Very reminiscent of Kinnear’s “Internet morons” tirade which, after uttering, within days he found himself unemployed, and I believe he is still without a job in football to this day!

What worries me about this is, being an almost stalker-like reader of some of the Forest forums that I can access without requiring a login, my summary of those fans who are the least supportive of Smoulders are the fans who go to MOST of the games.  After all, it is away from the City Ground that we find ourselves – whilst not exactly good – not exactly a shambles either.

So if the manager seriously thinks the dissenting voices against him, given that Mark Arthur has also piled on a bit of pressure to, are solely remote supporters united only by an internet connection and an inability to get to the games, then he’s sorely sorely mistaken. 

Three points against Millwall certainly helps matters, but the quality of performance means the result merely papers over the tactical cracks – as we prepare for our biggest away game of the season at Leeds.  They are on a poor run of results, their confidence is low, and yet – because we are SO bad away from home, none of us feel confident we can capitalise.

So be careful Smoulds, you need to choose your words much more cautiously.  I remember being surprised when we acquired Smoulds that Northampton fans seemed happy to have lost him, even though he’d delivered promotion – I can kind of see where they’re coming from now.  Their mocking chants of “we’re not boring any more!” speaks volumes.

12 Responses

  1. Spot on nffc the next three results will determine his forest future ,promotion and the feeling within the dressing room.We need someone with drive like paul ince has its called a winning mentality.

    However fans booin at the games is not great but to be honest we`are all sick and tired of the same movie again and again.As qouted in previous comment the problem is right at the top THEY ARE AMATEURS IN A CUTTING EDGE FOOTBALL SOCIETY,AND HAVE BEEN SADLY LEFT BEHIND.look at the managers they have let slip through there fingers ,martin & robbo ,physcho applied twice didint even get a reply,keano.One month fellow reds thats all they have and the fans will turn maybe it needs to happen PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE EH !

  2. Spot on NFFC, I have seen Forest 5 times this season and everytime I come away scratching my head at his tatics and team selections. I didn’t go yesterday but from reading peoples thoughts on the game, even though he played hoskins and tyson up front it still didn’t look like a 4-4-2.

    I am going to Leeds on Tuesday and I just hope they attack them and don’t sit back and defend. We are no good at this. Like you say, they are on a poor run but I can bet your bottom dollar we lose 1-0. I know some fans might not agree to this and wonder why I am going, but I am afraid with Calderwood in charge I don’t see where the next point away from home is coming from.

    I am attending Tuesday in hope we of course win and put up a decent game, I will be supporting the team until the final whistle.

    Lets hope we win or even draw, however if not then again CC will have questions to answer.

    U reds.


  4. I gree Terry mate, Caldrwood needs to go. That was one of the worse game of football I have seen in a long time….. We are poor and not promotion material.

  5. I disagree that Calderwood is the problem …it is undoubtedly ARTHUR …listening
    to him on Radio Nottm yesterday ..its was plain to hear ….He was the reason we didnt
    do any bizzo in january . Presumably Calderwood said he wanted Best and Doughty agreed the financial limit …..The execution of the deal was ARTHUR ….why for instance did he not table the higher offer of 1.5m before the last day ?. By this time Coventry had lost Adebola ( presumably unexpectadly) and we were snookered . Why did he not table !.5m when Best came out and asked for a transfer , if we were refused at that stage …we had time to move on . Similary the dundee player we went for was all too late leving no time after we were trumped by Celtic . So it is Arthur who gambled late on the last day and in both cases
    lost . Calderwood would do the job if he wasnt in the hands of this plonker of a CEO .
    ARTHUR doesnt set the right tone for the club , he isnt confidnent or competitive in
    his business dealings , gets turned over all the time …and has had many years in this role …thorugh which he has demonstrted mis managment in detail ……he is the reason we are suffering over so many seasons

  6. First things first. Terry please don’t be so nieve about the Nigel Doughty. How can you ask the owner and financial backer of our football club to walk out?! What the hell would we do if he turned round and said there is no more money from him (or before you say it – from loans – backed by him) for any signings? The backing he has given us since we have slipped into this league is nothing short of massive. You could question the policy whilst we were in the Chmapionship at one stage but that was only when he didn’t trust his managers. Unfortunately he seems to trust Calderwood.

    Secondly I agree Arthur from the outside looking in does not look to be doing a very good job. However again I will trust Doughty to make the decision on who is our CEO based on what he sees from the inside. I’m sure if he thought MA was failing he would get rid.

    Finally Calderwood should be careful not to ignore the chanting for head (it was very obvious he could hear it at the Bournemouth game). To come out in the press and say it is only people on the internet is as nieve as Terry’s Doughty comments. He has lost the fans and to turn this round needs results and to make us believe he can and will get promotion this year.

  7. Lets hope the Forest players watched man city’s counter attacking display to win a game away they weren’t expected to win..Something to talk about on the bus on the way up to our victory against leeds..

  8. Come on man

    get behind the team at least for this season – we couls still maybe go up!!!

    Forest fans seem to be suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress), the way their behaviors fluctuate. The trauma of realizing we are only a small provincial team is hard for many to take.

  9. What you you prefer? No promotion and Calderwood to get the sack? Or to be playing Championship football next season with CC at the helm?

    Its a straight choice as Calderwood is not going to get the boot until the end of the season and only then if we don’t go up. I know where my favour lies and its not with another season in League 1!

  10. I am at loss to understand why he feels, that, despite playing at home and with a good crop of players he has little or no confidence in his players ability(1 up front?)
    . Maybe this is the real reason why the performances show a lack of consistant quality. CC’s doubters have every right to question his ability as a football manager. Regardless of position, at the end of the season NFFC need to look again at the direct of the club and its desire to entertain its forever faithfull suporters. We demand football, and football we are not getting.

    I will not call for CC’s head until the end of the season, that would be counter productive

  11. well cheif talking about being nieve think you better take a look at doughtys track record and for all that money you say he has pumped in what bloody good has it done nigel doughty is a business man dont you think there is something in it for him you can bet he has took out more than he put in .please tell me what good we have done since doughty has been at this club we are in the third division mate get real we were in the premeirship when he joined us.think again it is you that is nieve

  12. And if he were to go, I presume he’d want the cash he actually loaned rather than gave the club back… a solution to that would be useful, if you’re serious about an alternative chairman/owner…

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