‘Uneasy truce’ or just ‘sorting a few things out’ ?..

After their much publicised meeting in London, Forest chairman Nigel Doughty – and his manager, Billy Davies – part amicably having reassured one another they share the same objectives for the club.

Is it indeed an ‘uneasy truce’ as has been suggested, or are fans and media alike reading too much into everything?  Probably somewhere in the middle, as these things usually are.  Certainly Billy will probably be focused on the lack of transfer activity in January – let’s face it, it’s a nice smokescreen to take questions away from his tactics during our tricky away run.

From Mr Doughty’s point of view, I imagine he might well – as well as offering Billy whatever assurances he required with regard to the signing of players – will have had a thing or two to say about Billy’s media conduct.  Whilst it’s wound many of you up more than me, I can see how almost advertising your availability in the media isn’t going to be most people’s cup of tea.

Whether Davies’ relationship with Mark Arthur is really as bleak as people suggest, or indeed whether there really is a “Billy versus the acquisition panel” is – in my opinion – pure speculation.  Billy knew the score when he arrived, and whilst he may well desire things to be different, he can’t really complain that they’re not – he came to this job with his eyes open.

Whilst he’s undoubtedly a talented manager – leaving another club under a black cloud would make his CV read like a recurring dream, which perhaps is another reason for him and the board to settle their differences.  And compromise isn’t necessarily a bad thing – the board need to deliver signings faster in January if we are in dire need, and Billy needs to stop gobbing off in the media quite so much.

Rather than call this new era an ‘uneasy truce’ I imagine it was really a case of the two men sitting down and ‘sorting a few things out’.  Let’s hope it’s worked (plus it was a blatant excuse to put in the cartoon – why is it so hard to find a decent picture of Doughty?!).

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