Andrew Cole is a whingeing old soul…

It seems odd for Andrew “Andy” Cole to have taken so long to make comments to the press; but perhaps it involved him getting off his proverbial behind and making his own way there – which would explain a lot.  Some of the comments which have been attributed to him in the media make quite interesting reading – if a tad predictable.  It’s unsurprising that Mark Arthur apparently said at the supporters club AGM that the policy of purchasing has-beens is one that Forest will no longer be pursuing!

“I told them from the outset that I didn’t want to go there to sit on the bench because I didn’t want to be perceived as sitting back and making easy money”
Well, we didn’t want you to be doing that either, Andrew – we wanted you to show an interest, bang some goals in – that didn’t happen.  From your clear disinterest during warm ups to your purposeful ambling around the pitch, unfortunately you didn’t merit anything more than the role of bench warmer, and frankly once injuries allowed, you didn’t even merit a place in the squad.

“I wanted to go there and offer something, but it was a strange one from the start.  I never knew what my role was.  Was it to lend a hand, use my experience or was it a PR thing, to sell a few more season tickets.”
I imagine the cynical PR suggestion has more than a grain of truth; however, your role was a football player – a role you should be eminently fucking familiar with, as it’s been your job for the last few years!  This requires effort on your part, otherwise you get dropped!

“I wanted it to work out, but I was playing for 60 minutes and then getting taken off.  Or sometimes I wasn’t getting picked at all.”
Aside from some neat link up play, Cole clearly didn’t have the legs for it any more – culminating in him being outran by Lee Camp in one game according to rumours of leaked Prozone statistics.

It’s a real pity, as I was quite excited when we signed him, but clearly he came with expectations of special treatment over his less illustrious teammates – which frankly, we don’t need in our dressing room.  He should take a look at the attitude Ian Breckin displays; club captain, but not guaranteed a game – but when he does get a game he performs well.  When he doesn’t, he doesn’t moan about it.

It’s a sad end to an illustrious career for Cole; made all the sadder by his mouthing off and making himself look like a bit of an idiot.  Whether Smoulds was really ‘intimidated’ by him or not (I suspect not), I think he did the right thing in getting shot of him – because clearly whether he wanted to be guaranteed a place in the team or not, his performances didn’t warrant one.

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21 Responses

  1. You have taken the words right out of my mouth – good job that I am obviously taking my lunchbreak half an hour after you otherwise there would have been two nearly identical articles on two different sites saying exactly the same things!!

  2. > een two nearly identical articles on two different sites saying exactly the same things!!

    *cough* blatant plug *cough*

  3. The only predictable thing in this, is the blame Andy Cole bandwagon everyone seems to be jumping on. He didn’t become a bad player overnight. Calderwood gladly signed him, but then seemed clueless as to how to play him. Why would you expect a 37 year old to chase long balls all day. As you said his link up play was very neat and that is the role he should have been utilised for, but he spent too much of the games I saw him in watching balls fly past him. Poor service, poor tactics, poor team selection, not Andy Cole’s fault, who signed him ?

  4. McGaribaldi

    Word is, it wasn’t Calderwood who signed him. Remember we have a transfer committee these days – you can blame Calderwood for some of our deficiencies for sure, but I think you are stretching the truth to try and pin this on him. Supporters could see with their own eyes that Cole wasn’t doing enough to be picked.

  5. agree strongly with barrowred, calderwood did more than enough to accomodate andy cole, i heard the same comment on numerous occasions from like minded supporters- “wots he playing that idle twat for” !!!!! doubt andy would read these pages but if he did – you were’nt interested mate so keep quiet and retire gracefully, thankyou and cheerio.

  6. what shame it did not work out, nottingham lad, end of his career, all his mates and family wanted him in a forest shirt, he said all the right things……………stupid lazy fool, he will regret this period for years to come.

  7. Gareth – I don’t deny it! WordPress comments give you the chance to link to your own website (as you have done), and us Forest bloggers seem to be a warm, fuzzy and supportive community on the whole…

    I am afraid that I am with Barrowred though – I was never convinced that it was Andy Cole’s legs that had gone, as I thought the problem lay further upstairs.

  8. Here Here nffc ,i hope the numbskulls who signed him have learned there lesson.Attitude problem nothing more nothing less.Im pissed off he wasnt up for the fight HE BOTTLED IT AS FAR AS I CAN SEE

    ADIOS ANDY OR IS IT ANDREW ??????????????????????????????????????????

  9. […] going to comment on this article in which Andy Andrew Cole bitterly announced his retirement, but Through the Seasons Before Us beat me to it and said pretty much everything that I was going to! I was never sure whether the […]

  10. Hands up who bought a season ticket because A Cole had signed for us?????

    Ha ha, more fool you. Though I suspect, like me, no-one was that sucked in??

    I said at the time he wouldn’t do the business for us, despite all this “ooh, he’s a Nottingham lad” bollox.

    Shame he hasn’t had the good grace to go quietly though.

    I take it Mark Arthur has been in the local press apologising for his incredibly expensive mistake…?

  11. Good report, great blogs and opinions.

    For what it’s worth the cat’s far happier this last few weeks. Nothing worse than coming after the game p****d and the cats smilling. Wonder if Coles departure has contributed, truth is I don’t know but 100% effort and no goals is better than little effort and no goals, so for me both Cole & MA f**ked up.

    As said. it takes two to tango, Cole was past it and he knew it, as for MA he knew that the name would sell seats. End of the day we all lose. That hurts.

    If they (MA) are true to their word then the pre-selection fitness tests etc should work in future. Then again there goes another pig………..and the cats looking nervous..!!!!

  12. I agree its a shame it didn’t work because one of the things we could have done with at times is guile and experience. Cole showed neither and clearly wasn’t prepared to work at it even for part of the game. Ultimately I am glad he’s gone so quickly and I agree it was scam by MA. No blame on CC.

  13. It is a shame it didn’t work out, but it did look as though his heart wasn’t in it despite what he said.

    Though I really doubt anybody bought a season ticket on the strength of him signing – surely not ?????!!!!!

  14. I still can’t believe people saying Cole is passed it – at Burnley last season he did well, this season he stays in the same division & does nothing, becomes a bad player etc etc etc, I tried to post this yesterday but somehow got lost – so here it is again (if I’ve posted it elsewhere soz but anyway)

    What I always suspected is revealed in the Times newspaper. Here’s a paragraph,

    “It’s not the ideal ending,” Cole said of his exit from Forest, his contract having been cancelled by mutual consent after he failed to score in 11 appearances. “It just wasn’t working out. I told them from the outset that I didn’t want to go there to sit on the bench because I didn’t want to be perceived as sitting back and making easy money. I wanted to go there and offer something, but it was a strange one from the start. I never knew what my role was. Was it to lend a hand, use my experience, or was it a PR thing, to sell a few more season tickets? I still don’t know. I felt like the manager wouldn’t have a conversation with me. I don’t know if it’s the right word, but he seemed kind of intimidated by me.”

    Is this why Lennon left too? It get worse as you read on, only showing that CC has the right words to bring a player to the club but that’s where it seem to end….

    The link http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article5127120.ece

    1 player – yes bad mistake but 2 players of the same calibur & similar history doesn’t. Do you need a 3rd and say the same things again? I bet you that most of you would?. Let’s not forget either that soon after he came he got injured. After recovery, he started playing some games, got better then all of a sudden dropped to the bench then all the rest follows.

    STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN AT THE WHOLE PACKAGE. Not 3 or 4 games & that’s you lot decided. Am I wrong? Is Cole a bad player in a few matches? All those goals in the Premiership mean nothing? If that’s the case then Cole is a bad player & those goals are lies because that’s the way i see it when you knock back a player with the goals & medals that no Forest player in the team has.

  15. Is this why Lennon left too? It get worse as you read on, only showing that CC has the right words to bring a player to the club but that’s where it seem to end….

    The link http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article5127120.ece

    1 player – yes bad mistake but 2 players of the same calibur & similar history doesn’t. Do you need a 3rd and say the same things again? I bet you that most of you would?. Let’s not forget either that soon after he came he got injured. After recovery, he started playing some games, got better then all of a sudden dropped to the bench then all the rest follows.

    STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN AT THE WHOLE PACKAGE. Not 3 or 4 games & that’s you lot decided. Am I wrong? Is Cole a bad player in a few matches? All those goals in the Premiership mean nothing? If that’s the case then Cole is a bad player & those goals are lies because that’s the way i see it when you knock back a player with the goals & medals that no Forest player in the team has.

  16. Might be worth buying a half season ticket now he has left …. if performance against Brummies was anything to go by.
    BUT. Would he have put more of our chances away Saturday ? Tyson and Garner didn’t, or was he destined for the kanckers yard ?

  17. not my day!!

  18. Getting duplicate comment but not seeing my posts here!!! Yes it’s a shame but basicly the blame should be placed all around. Not on 1 persons feet.

  19. Sorry all for banging up the blog with repeat posts & long posts. 1 fianl thing – I feared the worst & damn right I was too. “Yiannaki – Oh yes but no Lennon Repeat” I said on the breaking of the news for those who remember…. & the bottom line of all this & all our opinions is whatever the reasons were for signing him BACKFIRED.

    PS – What’s all this news of a Forest takeover!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Shame it didn’t work out for whatever reason. Cole should have kept his mouth shut and left quietly though. At least the plug was pulled on his contract relatively early which is best for both parties. I don’t know if the finger needs to be pointed anywhere really, It was a situation that didn’t work out for anyone and it was terminated…let’s move on.

  21. And if he had scored?……….. Nice idea, sold a few season tickets, whimpering end to a great career. A change of policy, thats a pity because experience is important, the ones coming in need the right attitude, like Breckin.

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