Correction: Has Cole been booted out?

It would seem so. The Guardian is hinting at it, that it’s a Doughty decision rather than a Smoulds one; and other usually reliable sources point to an imminent departure once the legalities and formalities have been tied up.  I do hope that doesn’t mean we are paying off his contract!

Whether this is linked to rumours of Forest players involved in fighting outside the Gatecrasher nightclub in Nottingham on saturday evening is unclear; but after the ‘Tantragate‘ nonsense in the past, I imagine Forest will be very keen to quash any risk of repeats of their playing staff causing bother in the city centre.

Watch this space, it is proving to be an interesting afternoon – if somewhat disappointing, given our problems on the pitch we could do without problems off it.  Hopefully Forest learn from this and stop signing ageing has-beens… whilst it may work for some teams, it clearly doesn’t work for us!

The final suggestion that this story may have legs is that Forest have denied anything is amiss in the Evening Post. A sure sign that something is afoot!

Has Cole walked out?

There are whisperings as yet unconfirmed that he is gone, y’know.  If it proves to be true it is an eerie case of history repeating itself, with last season’s shenanigans in signing Neil Lennon only to have him go walkabout and eventually be released to join Wycombe on a free transfer.  Whether this is unhappy coincidence or the signings of these fading stars is just a cynical ploy by Forest to boost season ticket sales, who knows?

That said, should Andy ‘Andrew’ Cole have decided to hang up his boots and depart, I can’t say I’ll be exactly heartbroken.  He kicked up a fuss at not making the team earlier in the season, but his appearances in a Forest shirt have been – whilst not as bad as some fans seem to suggest – not up to the standard I would expect from him; and no, I wouldn’t expect him to be running around like Tyson, he never did that when he was Tyson’s age!

Even if it doesn’t turn out to be true, it has at least brought about an ace pun from a poster on LTLF – although given that there are embryonic plans for some form of protest before the Birmingham home match being formulated on Talk Forest (which you need to register for in order to view, unfortunately), perhaps people would be happier if it were ‘Washing Machines live longer with Col gone’ rather than ‘Cole gone’.  I suppose the truth will out over coming hours and days!