Disappointing, to be sure – but what of Big Sam?

She wheeled her wheelbarrow, but our formation was narrow...

She wheeled her wheelbarrow, but our formation was narrow...

There’s a lass at work who can be a bit slow; she’s not stupid, just gullible, and doesn’t engage her brain before she speaks sometimes. ‘I heard Forest are playing tonight; who’ve they got?‘ she said, not really interested – but thoughtfully engaging me in a subject she knows is dear to my heart. ‘Ireland, well, their B team‘, I responded. She paused. ‘Ireland? Aren’t they a country?

After the laughter had died down it did raise an interesting point; our ‘prestigious’ friendly against a group of players eager to impress the new gaffer of the Irish national side was perhaps rather ill-timed.  Of course, it provides an excellent opportunity to build fitness and team spirit, and those Forest fans lucky enough to be able to drop their lives at short notice and make the trip to have a nice jolly in Dublin, but well, given our current – erm – ‘situation’, another defeat isn’t exactly what we needed.

Familiar foes of Wes Hoolahan and Andrew Keogh linked up against a Reds side missing numerous regulars, although with the likes of Smith, Perch and Cohen a few regulars were present.  The most excellent news is that Joe Garner got some more football under his belt.  The less positive thing is that Forest didn’t score, conceded two and didn’t create much at all – according to reports.

However, we shouldn’t be too downhearted – a friendly is, after all, just that – and given that Kerslake was in charge, with Smoulders being whisked to China with Mark Arthur to plan our next sojourn abroad, it does perhaps underline the, well, dare I say pointlessness of the exercise aside from perhaps an opportunity for the squad to bond further on a trip away, and for some of the fringe players and those returning from injury to get a decent run out.

The only other thing of note to comment on are the growing Allardyce flavoured rumours doing the rounds.  It’s being largely reported in the media that Forest are lining up the former Notts County, Bolton and Newcastle gaffer as a replacement for Smoulderwood; although a person kindly directed me to a source on LTLF’s forum who suggested it could be a ‘to be brought in to work with’ type arrangement – as well as revealing that Smoulds has tended his resignation again recently, for the second time in his Forest career.

Of course, it could all be a big pile of steaming gossip, rumour and malicious lies.  It’s interesting to speculate though.  Whilst we’re on the subject of LTLF, they appear to have released some new content-driven stuff in the form of a blog – which makes some good reading and adds to the growing pantheon of Forest-related blogs!  Bonus!  As for the rumours, I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that I don’t believe anything ’til it’s confirmed and done.