Making up and Breckin-up has never been easy..

I’m a bit sad that it’s been announced Ian Breckin can leave in January.  It probably lends some credence to the rumours that he’s fallen out with Smoulders, because when he’s featured in our defence this season he’s performed well and we’ve looked more solid.  Indeed, we’ve been crying out for an experienced head at the back all season, but clearly the management don’t see it that way as the club captain has been deemed surplus to requirements.

It’s been an interesting few seasons for Brecks since joining us from Wigan.  He started solidly, seemingly glancing corner after corner into the ‘net, whilst winning everything aerially at the back, but certainly he had tougher times too – and was frequently the scapegoat for poor defending.  Never the quickest on the deck, it did seem for a spell that his age was starting to catch up with him – although at only 33 I imagine that he’s got a season or two left in him for somebody.

This season it was looking really promising, he came into a side shipping goals far too easily and steadied the ship, and offering the kind of encouragement you want to see your captain offering; something I’ve yet to see from Captain Casual.  I am hoping that this admission suggests that Forest have an experienced replacement lined up – because even without losing Breckin I was looking for them to sign a commanding centreback.  Now it would seem somewhat essential!

Although given Smoulderwood’s track record in dealing with ‘experienced’ players, I’m not getting my hopes up – Lennon and Cole should have offered more than they did whilst at the club, and I still think Breckin had plenty to offer, but he’s now being offloaded for whatever reason.  I like the idea of a young side, but experience is key too.  Of course, Breckin could have asked for the move given his lack of appearances even in the 16 man squad in recent weeks despite apparently not carrying an injury, and if he has, I don’t really blame him.

So all that remains is for us to thank Brecks for his services; he’s a been a steady-if-unspectacular stalwart in defence – and personally I’d prefer it if we could keep him on ’til the end of the season.  Fare thee well, skipper, and all the best for the future (unless of course you sign for the Sheep botherers!).

Oh, reserve centre-back Hamza Bencheriff is off as well.

10 Responses

  1. Strange one this….. as usual somethings gone on in the background us paying fans know f*ck all about! Usual Forest then!!

    Like you NFFC, I wish Brecks well. I’ve been a bit critical in the past too but I think he’s bought more to the club than hes taken away and scored some vital goals for us with those glancing headers!

    Maybe he lost he supply line when Nicky “George Hamilton” Southall moved back to Gillingham??????

    I wish you well Brecks!!

  2. Southall leaving definitely signalled the end to us being any good at decent corners!

    There were rumours over a bust-up with Smoulders over Breckin organising a squad Christmas party (to Newcastle), which apparently wasn’t sanctioned by the orange one.

    Who knows. Maybe he’s struggling for fitness and asked for a move?

  3. Here here nice one nffc.Im dying to see who clueless brings in

  4. no news on tickets today from forest for the man city game……anyone got 2 spare season ticket refrences i can use ????????????

  5. its brekins fault he is going, he read all the comments on the forest board a ehile back and realised he wasent wanted at the time.

    Now it seems we want all weve got as is cc good enough to bring in better players? [[ i think not ]]


  6. If we leak goals today it’ll be another CC blunder.

    If we actually win today and score a barrel load of goals (like a lot of the players have been promising in the NEP this week) then we’ll quickly forget him.

    I always thought the bloke was destined for some kind of coaching role ??

  7. I wish Ian Breckin all the best-as Egor the Red says as usual supporters kept completely in the dark. It cant be a coincidence that Calderwood cannot manage experienced players Lennon, Cole and now Breckin(admittedly he lasted quite a long time). Seems to me the experienced players are less likely to put up with this managers baffling decisions and methods.
    Did anyone watch the BBC 1 interview with Martin O Neil and Robbo- it was clear they keep it simple for the players-play them in their CORRECT positions and don’t f**k about continually with formations and tactics. their results speak for themselves and sadly so do ours-still in bottom 3 one week before Christmas, surely if we don’t win today we have to change this manger.

  8. Tony: obviously Martin and Robbo are very good at what they do, but I was watching Villa on MOTD the other week and thinking about how they don’t always play people in their correct positions – Reo-Coker and Cuellar (previously Gardner and Mellberg) at right-back, Luke Young at left-back, Reo-Coker (again) on the right wing, Zat Knight in the team at all? They have also flitted between 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 in recent weeks…

    Sorry, slightly off-topic there, but being the pedant that I am (and as I work half a mile from Villa Park), I had to point that out. The Villa fans do love Martin and Robbo though, and who can blame them?

  9. There’s two ways of looking at this. #1 – There’s been a fallout and he’s being offloaded. #2 – The club are allowing a good servant the opportunity to find a move to obtain first team football. I’d like to think its the latter.

    Either way, it does make rather large statement. That Calderwood is here to stay as if ND was considering replacing him, there is no way we let the club captain leave before a new manager comes in.

    Finally, I know the BBC aren’t renowed as accurate reporters of fact but their story refers to Becks as “former” club captain. I wan’t aware he’d been relieved of this duty so maybe there is some truth in version #1 of event.

    All in all, all the best Brecks, you’ve been a good servant to the club.

  10. I’m sure Brecks wrote the programme notes for the Blackpool game’s programme (although I don’t buy it, but often read a neighbours… well, flick through it mainly and see if it mentions anything interesting!).

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