Billy to stay, players targeted – and thanks a million (nearly)..

So it seems that after their ‘crunch meeting’ Forest owner Nigel Doughy and Billy Davies are – after all – singing from the same hymn sheet.  The nature of their relationship and any supposed gripes are obviously all in the realms of speculation anyway, but clearly both men have the same end goal with the Reds – if not always the same ideas about how to get there.

Tagged tantalisingly on the end of the piece in the Guardian which seemed to be the closest to the actual event, there’s news that Forest intend to resume their pursuit of Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley.  This would be a great move in my book, Pratley is young yet with considerable Championship experience, and he’s impressed the majority of times I’ve seen him against us (aside from the unnecessary diving).

Also a target is a left back (HALLELUJAH!) in the form of Chelsea reserve Patrick von Aanholt.  He’s previously spent time on loan at Newcastle and Coventry, so certainly has first team experience, and Chelsea seem open to him gaining more.  Certainly early confirmation of signings such as these would provide a very welcome distraction from this largely unsavoury speculation over the manager and his commitment to the cause.

Forest have also been busy organising pre-season friendlies – opting to again defy those fans who like to claim every game by playing two friendlies at the same time.  Twice!  July 24th sees the Reds playing one game at Peterborough and one at Kidderminster Harriers, on the 21st July one Reds side will visit Tranmere whilst another has the shorter trip to Mansfield.

In more personal news it’s been another great season for visits for the blog – I tend to count ‘years’ as August-July as I started way back in August 2006 – so we haven’t finished ‘this year’ yet.  Year to date though visits are up 16%, and assuming Forest can muster some blog-worthy activity between now and July, I’ve projected I have a good shout of smashing the 1,000,000 visits mark before next season starts.

That would be amazing – so a huge thanks to all of you who visit, and especially those of you who interact by commenting, or on my haphazardly updated Twitter and Facebook pages too – for me that’s what makes this all the more interesting, rather than just being my self-indulgent prattling about Forest.

18 Responses

  1. Great news and great blogg nffc – keep up the good work!

  2. Bravo NFFC!

    First blog I visit for reliable and entertaining info!

    U Reeeds!

  3. NFFC

    Great blog, read all the updates. Keep up the good work

  4. Billy’s done a great job on the pitch and great he’s staying but can’t help thinking his pimping himself out in public is pretty disrespectful to the fans. Think he needs to get over his short man syndrome and grow up a bit – the way he’s behaved in public since jan has been a disgrace.

  5. Told you on FB I wasn’t worried.. I wasn’t.. honest..

    Thanks for the insight, news and views you have provided over the last season, great blog.

  6. I agree with Mat !
    I´m sure Billy got himself a few concessions.
    Let´s get going with the signings !!!!!

  7. Well done NFFC.

    Good news re Billy, lets hope this is the end of it. However the proof in the pudding will be if a position comes up in sept / oct timeframe and Billy fails to “rule himself out”……

  8. Good news and how things have changed since 06 nffc.Lets hope this time next season we will be back in the big time and then maybe a wee party for all who visit the sight.


    U reds

  9. Well done NFFC. Congrats on reaching a very notable milestone!

  10. Onwards & upwards with King Billy @ the helm. Enjoy the next couple of years since the club is undoubtedly on the march. Rather than knocking Doughty (it’s beyond me since he generously bank-rolls the club…) put your hands in your pockets & increase the take up of season tickets you misreable sods!!!

    “NFFC” is the one & only blog that needs to be read!!

  11. excellent blog nffc- and keep it up- i enjoyed your experiment with ‘in-match’ tweets as it wasgood to get a fan’s opinion of how things are going, rather than a sketchy opinion of a pundit on the radio- it would be good if you could send a few more of them but i appreciate that you need to have time to watch the match as well!

    it will be good to go into a season with some optimism for a change!

  12. Excellent blog nffc – are there any others!!

    Perhaps those of us who do ‘tweet’ could divide some matches into 15min sections so that we could keep everyone else informed during ‘our bit’, but then be able to ‘enjoy’ the Reds cruising to promotion for the rest of the time!!??!!

  13. Dear NFFC
    I just want to say thanks! I always look for your blog first and read all that you write! Total dedication from you to make this a great read no matter what the result!
    Come on you Reds!!!!!!!!

  14. Said it before and will do again. great blog mate, i always read this blog first and that milestone is well deserved.

    hopefully next season can be another step up.

  15. Milestone isn’t reached yet – so make sure you keep visiting! 🙂

    Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.

  16. nice work on the blog and keep up the tweets; living down under I always check twitter first thing Sunday morning on my phone to see how the mighty reds went….
    Enjoy summer and here’s to some decent signings and a promotion run next year!!

  17. Cheers for a great year boys and thanks NFFC for the superb blog. Stuck out in the middle of the desert here in Oman and this is pretty much the only source I use for up to date info on the reds.

    Here’s to next season. You reds!

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