The secret diary of Terry the kitman.. part six

Terry is trying to get up to date with technology by coming to terms with the internet – or more specifically by trying to understand why certain sections of the world wide web might have an unhealthy fixation with the kitman himself!

Disclaimer time: this is, of course, entirely a work of fiction – largely for my own amusement.  Any resemblance between the characters portrayed, and any real person or persons – be they an employee of Nottingham Forest or otherwise – are entirely coincidental!

However, you really can get Terry Farndale t-shirts, and he does have a group on Facebook!

Playoff ticket considerations..

It’s that time of year when we need to start fretting about tickets for the playoffs, and indeed, when they might be – well, thankfully we have a bit more information on that score.  The provisional dates for the semi-finals are Friday 9th May and Monday 12th May for the first legs, with the second legs proposed to be played on Thursday 15th May and Friday 16th May.  I would have thought if we finished 3rd/6th we’d get the Friday/Thursday combination, with a 4th/5th finish giving us the Monday/Friday combination.

The dates are subject to change however, so make sure you keep a close eye on the Forest website for further announcements, as these days are subject to approval from all manner of people.  The kickoffs for these dates should be at 7:45pm.  The final is to be held at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 25th May and will kick off at 3:00pm.

The other playoff related news Forest have released is that they’ve worked on a system of prioritisation for getting tickets for the home leg, and the (dare I say it?) potential appearance in the final.  Forest will give prioritisation first to season ticket holders, then supporters who have attended six or more home games this season, and then priority will be for fans who attend either the Luton or Yeovil matches which remain this season.  So ensure you use your client reference numbers for any ticket purchases.

It’s given me the heeby-jeebies just thinking about the playoffs!

From dour to Dowie?..

Normally I wouldn’t hold much truck with rumours printed in the Sunday People, particularly not when it didn’t even seem newsworthy enough to make it onto their website – but (as has been pointed out in the comments), it does bear a bit of scrutiny..

Dowie set to be Cald into action at Forest

Alan Nixon, 13th April 2008
Sunday People

IAN DOWIE is the red-hot favourite to be the next Nottingham Forest manager – if Colin Calderwood fails to deliver promotion, writes ALAN NIXON.

Dowie has been out of work since splitting with Coventry.  The experienced and highly rated boss could take on Forest in League One shortly as Calderwood fights to keep his job at the City Ground.

There has also been talk of Sam Allardyce being in the frame.

Personally I find this pretty alarming, admittedly Dowie had a fantastic season at Crystal Palace – taking them from near the bottom of the Championship into the playoffs, during which his momentum hauled them up into the Premiership thanks to a win over West Ham at the Millennium Stadium, but well, meh – he’s not exactly done much other than that, has he?  And mentioning Allardyce as an afterthought seems odd too, I can’t imagine Big Sam wanting to operate down at this level again.

I wouldn’t normally give much credence to rumours from the gutter press, although I had heard whisperings prior to this report suggesting the same thing – not that whisperings are any more reliable, but cumulatively it can become enough to start to make you paranoid!  Interestingly the whispering suggested that Smoulds was destined to leave regardless in the summer – make of that what you will.

Certainly any anti-incumbent manager utterings I make are always tinged with the worry of replacing them, because frankly if one thing can be blamed upon Nigel Doughty and his direct reports without much fear of debate from any fans, and that is is managerial appointments.  So right now I’m hoping that Milan Mandaric starts flexing that uncomparable impatience of his, and sacks Ian Holloway and nips in and hires Iain Dowie before we get the chance.