Positivity and passion required, please!

I’ve read a few pieces by this chap, a couple at least about Forest, and whilst it can be dripping with cliche a little it did get me thinking that certainly I for one need to try to contain the threat of all-consuming negativity that engulfs us at the moment.  Indeed, their Forest section is generally a decent read should you fancy a different place to read about the mighty Reds.

The basic tenet of the article is that Smoulders epitomises the ‘playing not to lose’ mentality, which shackles us with a fear of losing as well as, perversely, a fear of winning as well.  Now, anyone who has attended The Office style business training might recognise this kind of language and start to cringe a little, but applied to football it has a much more realistic application.

Of course, the guide in question doesn’t get down to exactly how one goes about addressing this mentality issue – certainly being a defender, it is perfectly understandable that this art is the focus of Smoulderwood’s tactical machinations.  The Doncaster game is a good case in point, he approached the game talking the talk – eight wins in eight needed, automatic still the target, and then delivered a shameful performance (with a little help from the players of course).

We seem to play three quarters of a game with this ‘playing not to lose’ mentality, by which point we concede the inevitable goal and then – generally after a wait – we see the inevitable and shapeless hurling on of attacking players without any real gameplan to somehow try to force the win.  It’s as predictable as it is infuriating, and I hope not to see another repeat of it at Carlisle on tuesday!

So, Smoulders, should you be reading (which I doubt!) – let’s have some positivity from kick off, let’s play with some width (you do NOT achieve this by shoehorning two centrebacks into a wingback role), let’s have two wingers – if Commons isn’t fit, play Bastians, let’s have McCleary on the right, let’s let our strikers get in the box rather than having to come deep or wide to get the ball – let’s show some balls.

You’d have to be a complete mentalist to think there’s any hope in hell at all that we can reach second, but we can go into the playoffs on a good run – and guard against the very real danger of dropping out of promotion contention altogether, and both manager and team could do very well to deliver some decent positive performances to try to repair the seemingly broken relationship between fans and club.

Play positively and attack at Carlisle and us fans (at least the ones not wise enough to get a refund on their tickets upon postponement!) will respond in kind – the media may berate supporters for being ‘fickle’ or unreasonable, but I wonder if they were paying to watch such dirges they would perhaps be a little more sympathetic to our plight.

If the powers-that-be at Forest want the ugly scenes at Doncaster to not be repeated then it must start with a positive performance, after which Smoulderwood needs to get a grip on reality and not get carried away with talk of anything other than sensible preparation for the play offs.  If all this happens, I might – just might – stop moaning a bit!

13 Responses

  1. I think we will find he does not give a shit, him and the players collect their pay regardless of the type of football they produce. I wonder if performance was linked to pay would that change our mother of all oxymorons “football club”
    The club is infested with negativity from the top down, that is the problem. No amount of tactical changes will bring about positive results whilst we have footballs George Bush at the helm…he’s an incompetent fuckwit, although I think i’m being kind to fuckwits…

  2. Shush… I’m trying to mentally justify an unpleasant and pointless train journey on tuesday afternoon! 😆

  3. Positiivity ? yes well . . . I try my best to be positive about the club I have suppoorted for 50 years but methinks we’re at the nadir of that entire period. I went last year to the match at Woking and came back adamant I woud not go to another away match. My soubriquet for Calderwood has always been ‘Balsawood’ because he’s weak and lightweight.
    I don’t fantasize we are in another Forest BC era (Before Clough), awating the arrival of a saviour. The sad reality is we’re now a badly managed, mediocre outfit, in the bottom half of the Football League. (If only I could learn to accept that reality, life could be easier but I cannot ~ yet).

    Three years ago this (extracted) was written:-
    Forest on the brink of oblivion – by James Mossop – (Filed: 24/04/2005)
    A corpse wriggled and tapped on the coffin lid yesterday. The demise of Nottingham Forest has been postponed, but not for long.
    “Forest, of course, have declined significantly and are in danger of being relegated to League One. Woodcock has looked on sadly: “It’s not happened overnight, it’s been over the last few years,” he said. “It’s down to bad management, and I mean the whole structure. They still get good crowds, but they are a bit shell-shocked. The supporters were brought up on teams playing stylish football and it is a shame to lose that. It is part of the culture of the club.”

  4. Looking at this weekend’s results: Once again the “Top 4” all won, with 2 not even playing to their best, so the point of getting promoted to be relegated is beyond me. Derby will of course go straight back up next year – they have a good manager and will have more money than they will know what to do with, so can keep and strengthen their squad (Commons is the rumour). In the light of that, I would rather Mr Doughty say stuff this for a lark, lets get rid of our current management structure, who have failed with every plan so far, and put in place something with a real 5 year plan. We have a good youth side, and excellent reserves. Let’s get in a side who want to play football, above earning money, and who want to represent Nottingham, above being superstars, and build on that. I would rather see Forest lose, but play good football with spirit and passion, so that I can be proud of their efforts, rather than see the grey dismal, boring, witless shambles that we have had this season.

    The forums talk about the Psycho salute, and why we don’t do it any more. Well, which player is that bothered? Those few that are do get chants, although not that often as we, the crowd, have sunk into apathy. But we all know Commons, Holt, Agogo and others are eyeing other teams, so why should I sing for them? I will be here next year, after they have gone. Scroll back a few years to Des Walker’s last season: we all knew he was going abroad, from very early on in the season, or maybe even in the summer before. But he still played to his best ability and gave the good service he had given for years previously. No-one begrudged him going: he deserved his chance, and we cheered him on all season, urging him to get that league goal that we all wanted for him.

    Who would we do that for, now?

  5. Very good comments and observations.There is certainly negativity from the top of the club that has to be eliminated.I have also been a supporter for 50 years and know there must be a good manager out there that would relish the challenge of bringing back the glory days to Forest.It was refreshing to read David Johnson’s article regarding Forest’s future is bright.Doughty has to look seriously at the reasons the supporters ALL want ARTHUR OUT and CALDERWOOD OUT.Is he really going to wait until the last game of the season to decide what action to take.I hope and pray somehow we manage to get promotion this season,But certainly NOT with CC in charge next year!!!!Please give John Pemberton 1st team responsibilities for our remaining games this season………I would like to hear his comments regarding the Doncaster lack of effort.

  6. Regarding David Johnson’s article. Did you see he said that Pemberton will be Forest manager at some stage in the future!

  7. Regardless of whether we get in/through the play offs and I really hope we do then we must get rid of Calderwood. The tactics and selections are baffling to supporters and players and commentators, and he cannot get the team motivated to win big games (and too often against-with respect- lower opposition).
    Calderwood is making a simple game very complicated, he is either completely inept or appears to set tactics which premier league teams would need (perhaps!!)
    Doughty should be searching now for the new manager next season-I hope he is!!
    John Pemberton has done a great job and should be considered. I am sure a lot of names will appear from the fans over the next few weeks, i.e Ince, Allardyce, Clough. Psycho etc. Perhaps a consideration should be John Collins (yes I know another scot-but not in the same mould as calderwood), he was an very good/intelligent player at premier league and international level did a great job at Hibs before the club stitched him up. Also he was an attacking player who could bring the same mentality to our much needed style of play. As far as I know he is available.

  8. We havn’t got Frank and Charlie to turn things around but we have John and Johnno !! David Johnson I’m sure would love to be involved with John and the first team for the last few games.Doughty ACT NOW !!!!

  9. God how we could do with Charlie now

  10. RE: David Johnson article: is it online, and if so can someone please post the URL? Sounds like it would make interesting reading…

  11. Enter
    “David Johnson”+Forest
    into Google.
    You’ll get plenty of links and at least one like this:-
    But if this is the article referred to, I don’t read him saying Pemberton would be manager.

    P’raps there’s another . . . . .

  12. Carlisle 0 Forest 2 Forest surprised carlisle with their constant attacks with Mcleary claiming his 1st goal for forest while attacking on the right,Tyson on the left also proved a handful scoring his goal late on.Ormonrod too had a good game with several good shots on target.The carlisle manager said…Forest took us by surprise because we expected them to play for a draw,and we didn’t know anything about Mcleary………..I can dream can’t I ?/???

  13. What are we worrying about.We’ll have Grant holt back for the playoffs………..I think I’m going mad>>>>>

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