It’s quite ironic that I just finished reading an account of two men who always seemed to struggle to get on with football directors and chairman. Because we seem to be having a bit of history repeating itself on that score at the moment at the City Ground, with Billy spouting off in the press following the sale of James Perch to Newcastle purportedly behind his back.
Forest immediately released a statement to suggest this patently wasn’t true and that Wee Billy was informed throughout. An interesting way for us fans to be kept up to date, as for who is right – I don’t suppose we’ll ever know – but the rumours coming from the City Ground suggest that his outburst has cost the manager a written warning for his trouble.
Obviously back in the days of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor the job of football management was somewhat different, they certainly didn’t have transfer acquisition panels – and indeed, if reports are to be believed had players signed, sealed and paid for without necessarily informing the board. Whilst they make for charming stories, managers can’t really act like that these days.
I can understand Billy’s frustration – obviously his job is to deliver results and build a winning squad, a principle way to do that is to
- (a) move players on who don’t fit his plans (preferably for a fee)
- (b) sign players to fill gaps in the squad and
- (c) develop the existing players.
We’ve known for a while Billy doesn’t have full control of (b), but if (a) is going on without his knowledge then it’s not surprising he’s getting a bit testy. He’s judged on results, and certainly – as things stand – he’s going to be left with a squad considerably weaker than last seasons given injuries, lack of some of our loanees and the sale of Perch.
I’m not sure whose side of the story to believe, but suggestion of unrest is bound to cause the fans to feel unsettled. It would be typical Forest to round off what was a tremendous season with something stupid – let’s face it, historically we’ve been very good at that. Certainly the communication from the board at Forest has always been appalling, but their clumsy press statement almost smacks at some kind of rushed truth.
Anyway, certainly I’m not reading all that much in to it – let’s face it, Billy’s been making splashes since he arrived – and if it gets things done, then that’s good. The ambition of delivering on the pitch, and that of ensuring the books balance are never going to be in harmonious accord for, well, any of the time realistically. Maybe a bit of tension in those relationships is a good thing.
In nicer news, the Reds won their first friendly in Portugal 2-1 this evening thanks to goals from Earnie and Thornhill. Forest lined up with Camp, Gunter, Wilson, Chambers, Cohen, McCleary, McKenna, Thornhill, Anderson, Earnshaw and Garner for the match against S.C. Olhanense in the Algarve, taking a 2-0 half time lead before conceding a second half consolation goal.
The Reds fly back to England on Monday where their domestic pre-season games start in earnest, and hopefully the Forest board and management team can settle whatever differences they may or may not have and get their arses into gear and get some bloody signings made!
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