Forest in the media is making me schizophrenic..

Like a true Jekyll and Hyde type character I keep swinging from one extreme to the other when I consider the recent media coverage Forest have been putting out there (particularly in regard to off-the-pitch activities). Perhaps this is the only way to try to express myself without going a bit funny in the head, please indulge me! My dark-sided ranting are on the left, my more optimistic mindset on the right.  Usually I try to sit on the fence, but I’m feeling a pull to both sides of it of late!

The truth, as ever – I imagine – is somewhere in the middle for those well-balanced and cunning enough to read between the lines!

Billy: Quit moaning, and work with what youve got!

Okay, it’s getting beyond a joke now.  Whilst Billy ‘third person’ Davies has clearly had frustrations over us landing his defensive targets over the course of the summer, his constant moaning about the same things – whilst always qualifying it with ‘I hate talking about this’ is getting rather irksome.

IF YOU HATE TALKING ABOUT IT, TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE, SAY “NO COMMENT”.. ANYTHING!

I wouldn’t be so simplistic as some views I have read and suggest that “well, you shouldn’t have spunked £5m on strikers and ignored your defence” – clearly that wasn’t what happened, and I also wouldn’t disagree with any of the signings we made in the summer.  Let’s not forget three of them were part of the defensive unit in Camp, Lynch and Gunter.

Clearly Billy had his targets – but some didn’t succeed, leading to an imbalance – and imbalance he needs to manage.  Perhaps he should (as a commenter on here noted) have resisted the urge to loan out the likes of Joe Heath and Brendan Moloney until suitable cover was located for those positions – I certainly think he should.

That is something that was within his control, and presumably he made these decisions aware of the state of play with our defensive targets.  If he made that decision without first checking the likelihood of us landing one or more of our targets, then it doesn’t reflect very well at all!  Take some responsibility Billy, quit moaning, and get on with it!


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Billy Davies is the man who will get the sack should Forest fail to justify their summer spending and continue to pick up bad results.  Whilst it’s too early to start thinking along those lines just now, it’s fairly easy to understand why he is getting anxious about our prospects.

If Billy is identifying targets, even talking to them to test the water initially – and then being confounded by an overbearing, time-consuming and bureaucratic committee process then it must be infuriating for him – particularly when rival managers have the authority to (within a budget presumably) discuss and agree terms with the same targets.

Shaun Barker cited his reason for choosing Derby over Forest as ‘feeling more wanted’ by the Rams.  Or perhaps, despite a productive meeting with Billy Davies in Blackpool before the manager headed to Portugal, somehow his head was turned and Derby were able to conclude a piece of business very quickly.

It’s a bit of a moot point for me as with Barker I’m not convinced he is all that good – however, given our current frailties he’d be a welcome addition to the squad.  With Mills opting for Reading over us, that is perhaps a more understandable move.

I do get the feeling that Davies is operating in a rather hamstrung manner on transfers – and whilst checks and balances are important to keep a manager from spending silly money, surely the powers-that-be need to exercise a little more trust in the man they recruited to lead Forest to better times?


After all that, I’m not sure it really helped – it was a nice refresher of how to create tables in HTML, I suppose.  The mixed-messages coming out of the City Ground I suppose are the true villains of the piece, and they need to watch that because it does impact how supporters see things.  Unfortunately Forest fans (self included at times) are too easily dragged into the “ah look, it’s Billy Davies blaming everyone but himself” comments that I seem to recall originating from Derby fans.  Not the most trustworthy source for unbiased discourse on their former manager, methinks.

I suppose whether you find yourself in the black box or the grey box (or perhaps in the middle somewhere) or, like me, flitting between the two like an uncommitted moth that has a liking for both bright lights and gloomy darkness – the key thing for me is that regardless of what goes on between Davies and the transfer committee – we should be backing the lads 100% – so no more of the impatience we saw against Watford before it all went completely shit, let’s get behind the lads and the manager and at least do our bit with a bit of pride.

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Davies: No signings before window closes..

That’s what I just heard him say in a segment during BBC Radio Nottingham’s Matchtalk programme. To be more accurate, he used the ever faithful caveat of ‘I don’t expect there to be..’ before the statement, so there is still some wriggle-room for it to be a touch of smoke and mirrors.

I don’t think it is, though – once again as a transfer window draws to a close, despite doing some tremendous business early doors we are left frustrated as the sands of time drain away leaving us dependent on the loan system and/or continuing to play a combination of players out of position and players who haven’t yet procen they’re up to this level.

It does seem rather a recurring problem and I must admit I had hoped Billy’s arrival might inject some much needed expedience into the pondersome bureaucracy that out transfer committee seems to be. Sadly it would seem that is not the case, with Davies sounding increasingly as frustrated as the rest of us.

With Lynch still an uncertainty after going off at half time against QPR we will once again be looking at either Cohen or McCleary to play out of position against Middlesbrough tomorrow, and possibly again forvtge visit of the Sheep at the weekend. After such a good start in the transfer window I must admit that preseason confidence is waning by the day!