Is there anybody out there?..

It’s all gone so quiet, hasn’t it?  With the European Championships underway, yet still strangely uninteresting aside from Spain and Holland putting in impressive displays, I must admit I’ve tired of the rumour-trawling and had decided to wait for confirmed news to filter through, but there’s not much of that really either.  All in all, quite a dull time indeed, hence the lack of posts since over a week ago.

It was indeed confirmed that Forest will be facing Everton in a preseason friendly, which along with Sunderland gives us two top flight opponents at the City Ground to start the season off.  A welcome rise of prominence, and something to look forward to – although £12 for a ticket seems a bit steep, and the lack of Upper Bridgford availability for the games seems to suggest the club feels the same way – particularly with the Sunderland game being shown on Setanta to boot!

The hottest news for us at the moment appears to be the ongoing ‘will he, won’t he?’ saga of Junior Agogo’s courtship with Zamalek of Egypt.  Reports have ranged from ‘we’ve signed him’ to ‘that’s not really Junior’s agent!’ to ‘They won’t pay him enough.’  To be honest, whilst I quite like Junior, if we can get a good fee for him, then he’s not exactly irreplaceable – and indeed, in signing Gollum from Derby we arguably already have done should he depart.

I’d like very much to see some news on Nathan Tyson and Sammy Clingan being offered new deals – they’ve both been predictably linked with moves elsewhere in the Championship; they would both leave big shoes to fill should they do so.  We continue to be linked with Anderson of Liverpool and Whittingham of Cardiff in the popular press, which makes sense as they would both act as replacements for a certain unspeakable one who is now encamped at the wrong end of the A52.

The only thing the Official site sees fit to comment on in recent days are Agogo’s fortunes for Ghana, peddling tickets for the preseason games, the advantages of subscribing to a premium rate text message service to get the fixtures at the same time as everyone else who will be watching the websites with interest… oh, and the tantalisingly unexciting ‘sneak preview’ nonsense with the new kit, which will basically be a red version of Everton’s new kit (with some writing in a circle around the badge, and two stars above it).

I await news of signings with interest, without panic just yet – but make no mistake we do need to strengthen for the coming campaign; I hope that Smoulderwood has learned from his reticence to do so in the past – although I like the fact he’s talking of not going to players who turned us down at League One level, let’s go for players who want to come here and earn their place in the team.

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  1. Definately agree with yourself and CC about the signing of players that have not previously turned us down as most other Forest fans probably do too. We want players who want to play for FOREST, will be able to dig in and show commitment when it matters, just like Julian and Physco.

  2. Add Best to the list Patch – we’ll go & grab him from our midland rivals. 😆

  3. When is the new kit launched?
    Looking forward to Monday and seeing our name back amongst more illustrious opponents. And Derby.

  4. I would say that we need a goalie to cover for Smithy, although I think he will be good enough to cope in the Championship. If he gets hurt, then I’d suggest we’re in trouble.

    Sammy and Nathan, if they go, then so be it, the point as made by Patch is that they want to be here to play for Forest.

    Anderson or Whittingham (although £2m is a bit of a joke as they only paid about £300kfor him) seem a good idea, we’ve still got Aaron, when fit to come in too. Having more creativity would hurt in midfield, I think we’ve lack this for the last few years, even with the Kris the traitor in the team.

    Some more experience maybe in each area would be an advantage to have the depth in the squad, alongside the younger one would be good, Lennon was a good capture, although, perhaps a little younger this time please CC!

  5. Ok Guys – quick cng of topic. According to Sky the line up of friendlies for us Trickies goes as follows:

    Tuesday 22nd July
    19:45 Burton Albion vs Nottm Forest

    Wednesday 23rd July
    19:45 Telford vs Nottm Forest (Telford for those who don’t know are a Confrence side & FA Cup giant killers too!! – I follow their results avidly & they are always around the PO)

    Friday 25th July
    19:45 Nottm Forest vs Everton

    Monday 28th July
    TBC Curzon Ashton vs Nottm Forest (Curstan are a Unibond Div 1 north side – A 7pm KO according to their site.)

    Wednesday 30th July
    19:45 Nottm Forest vs Sunderland (On Sentana Sports)

    Saturday 2nd August
    15:00 Notts County vs Nottm Forest

  6. whatever happened the annual Brian Clough Trophy match against the Sheep ???

  7. The BC Trophy standalone match was a one off; now the trophy is contested whenever the teams meet be it in cup or league..

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