Reading between the whines..

Sometimes you just think of a headline you just can’t resist, it’s apt too.  Woe is the world of a Forest fan as ever – there was an excellent empassioned piece on LTLF about falling out of love with Forest.  To be honest, I can relate strongly to that – my frequency of updates has gone right down, and whilst one could churn out repetitive moans, it seems a bit overly negative.  The other interesting piece over there was an account of that fateful day at Hillsborough – with the 20th anniversary of the disaster coming up it’s bound to become a topic of conversation.  Generally a conversation that is best avoided, in my experience.

And then, of course, in between the grumbles and moans we have a trip to the Madejski Stadium to contend with.  Rumours around there being freezes on signings, Billy falling out with everyone in sight, compounded by residual pain of the Derby game (for those of you with a strong constitution, this video/song created by a Derby fan actually did make me chuckle a bit – also gutted as that’s one of my favourite songs that will now be mentally associated with the pie muncher).  Well done Kev Moore, whoever you are. 

So, Reading.  Remember the first game of the season?  We played Reading and it was difficult to tell which side had come up from League One and which side had come down from the Premiership.  Well, our seasons have somewhat diverged in perhaps a predictable manner since then.  Having said that, whilst our recent run is all too familiar too us, Reading are potentially in the midst of a slight wobble themselves – two wins, two draws and two defeats in their last six – no win in their last three means the Royals will be keen to make up ground on Wolves and Birmingham.  Victory in their two games in hand will put them top of the league.

Coppell has already suggested the game is ‘huge’ – whereas Billy is still very much using defeatest language in his latest charm offensive on the official Forest website.  Not that I’m as down on Billy as some fans seem to be – I get the distinct feeling he has been sold a lemon given our appalling showing in the January transfer window.  I’m not sure why the powers-that-be seem to have held back on cash available, but the whisperings I hear suggest that is what has happened – leaving Davies in the unenviable position of not really being able to add the much needed bodies to the squad that we need.

Given his reputation for fractious relationships with boards, it could be an interesting time of it.  Certainly the silence from the Forest board is deafening – I don’t think it is unreasonable for us to expect to hear from Mark Arthur or Nigel Doughty, to expect an explanation for another bungled transfer window – to understand whether there are funds in place to secure loan signings or whether Billy is just being trotted out to toe the party line on this score too.  I can understand why he comes across as defensive about his culpability, to be honest.

But anyway, Reading.  I shall be amongst the unfortunates in the away end at the Madejski Stadium, rather than go for mobile blog posts – which I don’t think have really been much kop in the times I’ve tried them – I think I’ll stick with Twitter for updates, so get following me on there and I’ll endeavour to update with something cheerful.  Or more bleak moaning, more likely!

24 Responses

  1. I think not hearing from ND OR MA is a good thing as I wouldn’t believe a word they said anyway!!!

  2. That’s a fair point, URED.

  3. Rick Parry available to replace MA sounds good to me. Fits the mould (being a former accountant), but at least he talks to people.

  4. Rick Parry is tainted by them. Whilst I’m no fan of Arthur, I wouldn’t want Parry in.

    That’s probably what will happen now!

  5. Anybody replacing mark arthur sounds good to me . I feel a draw tomorrow so lets see………

  6. Am I the only one that gets a kick out of having such a clearly bonkers manager at the club?

    In fact everything seems bonkers. I agree that if ND just came out and said “there’s no money” then we could all get over it and get on with it. As it is no one knows who, if anyone, is to blame for the non-transfer farce, so people seem to be picking at random based on little or no information.

  7. I think Billy Davies is handling the off the field ‘stuff’ very cleverly. He clealry is very disappointed by the lack of new players. Now he seems to be saying the fans should blame him if the results are not what we need, do the fans turn on Billy if we get relegated? Does this mean Doughty has to fire the manager and pay considerale compensation- Billy leaves with a handsome cheque and picks up another club during the close seaon?
    I get the feeling Mr Doughty is used to being totally in charge (of his own business and Forest) and is definatley not comfortable at all with an ’employee’ confronting him and challenging him. I think Billy is not a ‘yes’ man and ‘they may be trouble ahead’
    Unfortunately once again the Forest fans suffer through mis management from Doughty/Arthur in particulr.
    Good luck tomorow I am sure there will be great support as always

  8. you lot still don’t get it ! do you ?1 mark arthur and nigel doughty are business men they run a business not a commodity . as i have said before as long as nottingham forest are ticking over nicely that will do for them , that is what is happening at the moment . the club has no real drive or ambition you only have to look at the team . they will get thumped tomorrow …i will predict 3 points from the next 5 games at best … who will score any goals and who will defend any goals …i say the players out should be SMITH-WILSON-CHAMBERS-MORGAN-GARNER-BRECKIN-HEATH-MALONEY-NEWBOLD-SINCLAIR ETC..ETC…GET SOME REAL PROS WHO WILL FIGHT FOR THE CAUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  9. It wouldnt surprise me if we go down and BD is either sacked or resigns before end of sesason.

    Thats how incompetent we have become as a club

    Whata bunch of wasters


  11. I don’t know who sudge puller is – maybe a Derby fan – but he sums up well what u people have been saying for weeks now. How come do you see things in such a gloomy mood?
    No, my friend NFFC, you are not “unfortunate” to be at Madejski, I will be for sitting home in Greece. You people don’t realise how lucky you are to be near the team you love week in and week out.
    What has happened to the traditional English pride for your football club, I wonder. Last Thursday there were 1,200 Olympiakos fans at St Etienne ALTHOUGH we had lost at home to the frogs 3-1.
    Maybe we Greeks are more loyal supporters after all.
    Up you Reds in Reading! Please prove everybody wrong!

  12. I agree with Vassilis.

    In fact I find this doom and gloom talk is boring. You just have to go onto the NEP website to join in there (most of them don’t go to the matches anyway).

    Today and our next run of 4/5 fixtures is about how about our lads bounce back from injury. I’d also like to see more out of Thornhill, he should get in the box more and score some goals, I’ve not seen that recently. Also it’s about time Mcgugan paid back with a goal or 2. On reflection I realised last week that we had a half fit side, so it was in reality a waste of money, which was a pity because we owe them.

  13. grant holt is the top scorer in league 1 with 22 goals for shrewsbury…why does it happen to us ?

  14. Lynch, wilson and chambers in our defense….HELP !!!!!

  15. Well done !!! Fantasic 3 points !!!!!!!!!!

  16. Yes Alan, well done. And our defence thanked you for moaning with a clean sheet!

    Now you can go sleep on your catastrophic comments, everybody… I’m going for a drink! OPTIMISM RULES!

    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU FANTASTIC REEEEEEEEEDS! Thanks Billy and lads for silencing all your critics!

    PS Steve, right on the spot for LEWIS!!!!
    PS 2 My humble excuses for my attitude guys, but some here made me feel like not visiting this site anymore… and nffc knows how fond I am of it!

  17. Something more… I hope our Nathan is all right.

  18. Fuck me, we won!

  19. & all of a sudden BIlly Davies is a hero!! 3 bad results & you’re breathing down his neck. As soon as we win 1 he’s a hero. How many times to I have 2 say we will stay up & we will be on top of the Sheep end of the season. You Reds!!

    Wake up & stop being so pesimistic.

  20. Vassilis, keep the faith, because that it is what will see us through.

    Tremendous battle ahead in the next few days, I’m hoping that Earnshaw & Anderson are picking up fitness. Think we’re due one or two from them as well.

    Don’t want to get carried away, but don’t you just love a good scrap when it matters ….


  21. I often wonder whether it’s easier to see the bigger picture from afar. Our two Greek correspondents tend to be more optimistic, or maybe it’s a Greek thing? 🙂

    When faced with what can often be the chore of watching Forest more often – it’s easy to take it for granted, I guess, but also get sucked into the negativity. Just look at how many of our fans mindlessly lay into Smith without really knowing why.

    Certainly a lesson last season I learned thanks to Vassilis is that there’s nowt wrong with a bit of positivity, and premature negativity can be very damaging.

    Easier said than done, mind – I’ve been a right grumpy sod!

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