There was an English club, an Irishman, and a Dubai investor…

O'Neill - moving to Forest according to citizens of cloud cuckoo land...

Not content with the general non-event that was the rumour of a Big Sam led consortium seeking to acquire the mighty Reds, the latest Dubai-based collective keen to waste sink millions of pounds into Forest are going to do so with Aston Villa boss and former Forest player Martin O’Neill at the helm.  If you believe a damn word the Daily Express have to say, that is!

 

Without being mean to Smoulds, who is very much in NFFCBlog’s good books at the moment, it would be a foolish supporter who wouldn’t take O’Neill and Robertson to replace him in a shot.  However, back in reality – he’s doing a sterling job at Villa, who are in somewhat of a more stable position than us (understatement!).  With their own rich backers, I can’t see even in my wildest dreams such a move for him occurring.

Of course, the O’Neill angle is just one thing.  Do we really want investment from foreign backers?  Investment is a good thing, of course, if used wisely – but it’s also something that can be withdrawn should it either not return profit (unlikely in football!) or cease to provide the entertainment or kudos the investor was seeking in taking over a football club.  At least with Doughty he does have an interest beyond the fiscal.

I doubt very much there’s much truth in it; given the financial climate in the wider world, now isn’t the time to be frittering cash away on what would be a risky investment in a time of financial buoyancy.  On the flip side – if manoeuvred correctly – Forest could represent a relatively cheap acquisition; but few of us would deny that to elevate us into serious cash-making territory (which is basically latter Champions League stages) would take a whopping amount of cash.

So I think that probably means this story is a big steaming pile of you-know-what.  Although of course Mark Arthur making strenuous denials about it does lend it a bit of strength… and it’s in the Evening Post too!

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4 Responses

  1. A lot of the comments on the message boards are that foreign investors are a “bunch of baddies” who’ve obtained their cash by devious means and can’t possibly be trusted (and they’re not from Nottingham so they’re bound to be crooks).
    For me it’s about whether Doughty has the time and money to take the club forward and does he trust who he sells to (like you say if there#s any credibility in the story).
    I think he’s the best bloke to make that judgement.

  2. > A lot of the comments on the message boards are that foreign investors are a
    > “bunch of baddies” who’ve obtained their cash by devious means and can’t
    > possibly be trusted (and they’re not from Nottingham so they’re bound to be
    > crooks).

    People just want to understand, and relate to, people’s interest in investing in their football club. In the case of a local bloke, its obvious, and the top brass have the same interests and motives as the supporters. The same can’t be said of some random bunch of foreigners who probably couldn’t find Nottingham on a map. Its really that simple, don’t try to paint them as idiots for it.

  3. I work colleague of mine is a Man City fan. He is under absolutely no illusion whatsoever that the bubble will burst, the arabs will fk off and it’ll all come crashing down with a very huge bang. But while they’re here and throwing their cash around, it ain’t half bloody brilliant! Even as a neutral, you gotta admit that transfer deadline day was bloomin ace. Roll on the end of Jan!

    The best part for him is being able to say to Man U supporters that every time they fill their car up with petrol, they are adding to City’s transfer kitty. Love it. Wouldn’t it be great for the Sheep botherers to be doing the same for us?

  4. this just simply isnt true. why do the papers feel as though they need to make shit up? however, if it is true we can finally buy roberto baggio.

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