Andy ‘Andrew’ Cole – next Forest manager?

The Peoples choice? (sic) for the not-yet-vacant Managers post at Forest as rumours hit silly season

The People's choice? (sic) for the not-yet-vacant Manager's post at Forest as rumours hit silly season

Rumour peddling is a potentially counter-productive endeavour; indeed, seemingly everyone who follows a team has a ‘source’ or is ‘in the know’, intermingled with the general jokers and wind-up merchants you may be lucky enough to find somebody who actually does have ‘good’ information, however, you would have to ask yourself why that person would then impart it to seemingly random people – more often than not via the internet.

Of course, should I find out interesting things I tend to write about them here; not that I think I’ve ever unEarthed any exclusives – I tend to just offer my opinion, for what it’s worth, on things that have already come to pass, or speculate idly about any widespread gossip that is doing the rounds – which is largely the purpose of this entry – because the Sunday People have come up with an absolute corker.

Not content with the usual Sam Allardyce to replace the imminently-sacked Smoulderwood, they believe that Andy ‘Andrew’ Cole is next in line for the poisoned chalice.  That’s right, the fella who has no coaching or managerial experience, the one who agreed to sign for us so he could get that experience.  You couldn’t make it up!  Of course, if it turns out to be true, then more fool me – or rather, more fool the Forest board!

Whilst I dabble in a bit of rumour peddling myself, I’m becoming increasingly aware of the destructive potential for such activities.  Of course, it’s nothing new – newspapers have done it for years as have fanzines, but the ubiquitous and instantly-updatable channel of the Internet accelerates it to epic proportions, reaching a far wider audience more quickly, including those involved in the dramas.  It’s interesting, for sure, but I’m not sure always beneficial.

For what it’s worth, I’d be incredibly surprised if Andy ‘Andrew’ Cole is unveiled as the next Forest manager, or indeed, is ever unveiled as Forest manager.  It does seem an odd time of the season to be whisking the manager away to China for presumably some kind of meeting that really he doesn’t need to be at, though, so perhaps things are afoot.  Now who’s starting unfounded rumours?  I’d better stop there.