Doughty is talking the talk..

Nigel Doughty came out immediately after promotion to congratulate Smoulderwood and the team, but given the plethora of things to comment on this one slipped through the net ’til now.  He obviously spoke of his pleasure in the achievement, but there was to be no gloating from the opt much maligned Forest chairman.

Upon taking over the club he set himself three targets, to put the finances right (which – despite involving debts, just to Mr Doughty rather than less sympathetic creditors – are apparently to his satisfaction), the mysteriously vague ‘putting the Nottingham back into Nottingham Forest’ – unless he means purely employing a decent proportion of players who hail from local areas, then I’m not convinced that’s been entirely achieved yet.

I would read that as Forest being a welcoming place for supporters – which I don’t think it has been.  I’ve seen stewards treat home (and away, to be fair) supporters very shabbily with no obvious provocation, the club are still one of the last to announce season ticket prices and endless other quibbles.  So if they mean by putting Nottingham back into Forest they will be providing exemplary service to the fans who have stuck by them through some turgid times, then I still think there is room for improvement.

His third pledge was the one that got all the headlines – to regain and retain our Premier League status.  Now, I’ve spoken before of my disillusionment with all things top flight before, it isn’t a competitive arena – but I must confess the thought of just being a league below it makes it a tantalising prospect again.  Doughty claims he won’t celebrate until we get to that level – and indeed, has spoken of not settling for mere consolidation next season either.

It’s great to hear him speaking so soon after the game and so ambitiously, of course he leaves himself open to criticism immediately – but equally he would have done by remaining silent.  Of course, this sets a target for Smoulders and his team from the get-go – consolidation is not enough, the last time Forest spoke up of lofty ambitions was the ‘We’re serious about Promotion..’ campaign – and we know how that ended.

Personally, a couple of decent results against the Sheep and a finish in the league at least four places above them (incase, surely I can’t be that lucky, they finish bottom!) would do me, and that sounds quite unrealistically ambitious right now!  I hope that Mr Doughty’s much loftier ambitions prove to be more realistic – let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the first time Forest were capable of achieving heights vaster than I believed!

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  1. First i would like to congatulate Forest on gaing promotion as after a dreadful run of results a couple of montha ago i really thought they had blown it so its nice to be proven wrong. I still have my doubts about CC but must say that the last 7 results that clinched promotion made me think that maybe he realised that he had made mistakes in the past and was prepaired to change his tactics so from me CC carry on the work in to div one. As for Mr Doughty well it is through him we landed up where we were so its for him to get us back where we were when he came on board,anyway well done Forest might just come back now

  2. I was impressed with what he said; he did not go over board with stupid commitments like before. He said basically that he wants us back in the prem. he is keen to buy young footballers who want to be here and not just a decent wage at the end of their career. He is chuffed to see so many nottm lads in the team and potentially more coming through. I would like him to talk more as I believe this will help him gain credibility. I also believe now is the time for him to tout Forest to the many business people he knows in order to generate more investment. Anyway for now Derby home and away with us getting our hands on the Brian Clough Cup with no relegation worries would do me just fine!!! Who thought Perch was having a great game until he got injured? Best I have seen him play.

  3. Agreed – Perch had a stormer of a game.

  4. Perch was on course for Man of the Match, I thought – we really missed him when he went off (largely because we replaced him with Agogo, admittedly).

  5. What did everyone expect? Anyway, that’s not y I’m writing, I see Leeds fans can’t get their facts right, they claim 2 have made 9 out of 10 top attendences but have nmissed our bigest gate of the season. Sorry Leeds, if you stay stuck in Div 1 your gates are going to crash just as ours have done & a lot of that was frustration at CC & still; being in that Div. Well I know we’ve heard it b4 but here goes again (& again & again!! 😀 ) Championship here we come!!

  6. When we first got relgated, they promised to freeze the prices if we went up. We didn’t, so they put the price up.

    I’m hoping for a price freeze then 🙂

    Or, they should freeze the price for everyone who has forked out for a season ticket for the last 3 seasons, just to say “thanks for sticking with us”

    Reckon they will?

  7. Chris, you’re having a larf!
    If MA had half a brain he would have already been pushing season ticket sales on the back of an incredible weekend. Come on, how difficult would it have been for the money men to sit down a few weeks ago and come up with 2 possible scenarios:

    1- fail in the play-offs so how much could we get away with charging for another season in division 3.
    Or 2- earn promotion…how much would the fans be prepared to pay?

    Either way the decisions should have been made weeks ago. At least then an announcement could have been made, and what better timing than immediately following one of the most amazing days in the last 20 years.

    Anyway, I’ll be renewing whatever, and so will my kids (even though they have been bored stiff most of the season!).

    I have been anti-calderwood most of this season, but now I have almost finished my humble pie I reckon I owe him an apology. Although most of the football we have played has been dire, the end has justified the means and he ultimately delivered what he promised. So roll on next season, where we won’t be everyone elses cup final, and our lads will get more time on the ball. Oh, and let’s hope we can play a bit better at the Keepmoat next year…!

  8. Have to agree with the views on James Perch – an outstanding performance in which he nulified almost every threat and set the tone for the first half. He may have found his best position ?

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