Won’t the real Nigel Doughty please stand up?

Opinions relating to the board, and specifically Nigel Doughty, really seem to be the vogue at the moment.  They also seem to be very polarised – at least on the internet forums.  He’s either cast as a saviour or as some kind of malignant entity personally responsible for our demise almost as though he’s inflicting it upon us on purpose.

In fact, in the latter circles the cat-in-the-bin lady and the eastern-European-throwing-puppies-in-the-river are thought to have been operating under his direction.  Perhaps that might be a slight exaggeration, but it’s only a slight one!

Of course, last season’s investment and – indeed – last season’s third place finish – seem to get brushed under carpets as people focus on this summer (which was upsetting, admittedly) or go back in time and cherry-pick other instances of poor decision-making or limited financial backing.

The people who want a regime change also don’t seem to have identified a prospective replacement – simply leaving it to the old adage of “Ah well, someone will invest – they always do!”.  Yeah, that’s how Peter Ridsdale, Milan Mandaric et al get their hooks into a club, that’s how Munto Finance turned Notts County into a laughing stock.

As for me, I don’t think there’s enough information available to make your mind up about Nigel Doughty – which is why he, or his Mini-Me, should probably be gauging the amount of unrest amongst online Forest fans and offer some degree of reassurance.  Every conspiracy theory I’ve heard could potentially be true – but not due to any special inside knowledge.

It’s because there’s a dearth of information coming from the City Ground – and when the silence is that deafening people will fill in the blanks with, frankly, made up stuff.  Some of that made up stuff might well be a lucky guess – but the continued lack of comment from the board at Forest after a disappointing transfer haul fuels this fire to inferno stakes.

So whether Doughty has run out of money, fallen out with Billy, is awaiting a takeover, really is diverting his funds to some kind of diabolical scheme involving sharks and lasers, is actually a Derby fan in disguise or – just maybe – has the club’s best interests at heart but is running a strict financial policy that struggled to get players in over the summer.  Who knows?

Whilst I respect everybody has a right to an opinion, and to express it (I’d be a bloody fool if I didn’t writing a blog like this!), there’s an awful lot of assertion with very little fact to back it up, and unfortunately football fans do have a lemming-like nature that sees them taking the strength of assertion as some kind of validation.

So, saviour or destroyer?  Perhaps predictably I can’t quite polarise myself so dramatically – certainly Nigel Doughy is answerable for some shockingly bad decisions during his tenure, but of course, to view any period in football lasting a decade or more with hindsight I think you could probably say the same of most chairmen and indeed managers.  His cash definitely makes up for our shortfalls, and yes it’s in the form of loans, but there’s tax reasons for that.

Ultimately by biggest bone of contention with the current regime at Forest is their appalling record of communication with the supporters.  I’d just like to hear from the powers-that-be at Forest, and give myself more information with which to develop an informed view rather than peddling heresay and mysterious and unnameable ‘sources’.  I’m not holding my breath…

On another note – I can’t wait for the bloody matches to start again, this weekend has been like torture!  Whilst I was seeking something to do I’ve actually managed to get the blog listed on the Amazon Kindle market place – so if that’s of use to you, you can subscribe here and have new posts automatically pushed to your devices when they’re published and enable you to read them even when you’re offline.

20 Responses

  1. Ever the optimist; maybe they are hopeful of ‘loan-to-be-signings a la Blackstock’ deals for some of our summer targets or to capture a couple of exciting premiership non-25 squad players. Announcing this sort of deal will placate the moaners without the need for any special announcements. Might even explain why Billy has gone quiet for the first time ever! Here’s Hoping! 😉

  2. I have to commend you on this article mate you say “So, saviour or destroyer? Perhaps predictably I can’t quite polarise myself so dramatically – certainly Nigel Doughy is answerable for some shockingly bad decisions during his tenure, but of course, to view any period in football lasting a decade or more with hindsight I think you could probably say the same of most chairmen and indeed managers. His cash definitely makes up for our shortfalls, and yes it’s in the form of loans, but there’s tax reasons for that.”

    I think thats the most balanced thing ive heard in all this saga.The truth lies somewhere in the middle I think of all the info out there.But I cannot help but feel things will come to a head between billy and the board before the end of the year.

    And then we are back to the old merry go round again.

    U reds


  3. Nice job on the cartoon!

  4. Sharks with fricking lazers…. 😀

  5. i know people are gonna shoot me down for this ..but we have made acheeky bid for robbie keane (the wages are the major issue here)…………but this is the gospel truth , my mate was speaking to des walker in the carphone warehouse yesterday… and des told him that his personal view was that there is nothing wrong with the current squad that they already have , he says they just havn’t got the bottle for it…every big game that comes along they are just not up for it. no competition for places ..he says that familiarality breeds complacency !!! (which is true) …and he says that doughtyt will speakto the supportors soon about the situation at forest …he also says that billy will be gone by the end of october …………..watch this space

  6. A major thing to remember is that in no way will a hedge fund manager ever publicly state that he’s a bit short of a bob or two, even if his silence could imply it.

    Wonder who Des Walker got his info from? A mate of a mate?

  7. Des Walker told you this in Carphone Warehouse, Hahaha pull the other one fella 😉

  8. […] in light of the failure to capture any of them), but the trouble with silence is that (as nffcblog reasonably points out) people will fill it, with whatever they see fit. So I see this as a qualitative […]

  9. I have been saying more or less the same thing about out start to the season as everybody is having a go at it when it is in fact better than last seasons

  10. I like the rest of the Forest fans would lke to see the team better their position of last season and get promotion to the premier league. However this should not be at the peril of a sound financial base for the club which will reap benefits in the future. Nigel Doughty has with a few exeptions (Paul Hart) always put his hand in his pocket and supported the team when required and there may be reasons why we have not managed our transfer targets in this window other than wages fees etc. I do agree that the lack of communication from the club is fanning the flames of rumour and counter rumour and this may need attention in the not to distant future. I am sure though that whatever is going on BD will want the team performing at it’s very best even if it is only to make his CV better than it is already. i think BD is here for the long haul as the temptation to get forest up and to stay up will allow him to thumb his nose at the crowd along the A52.
    As I tell my 4year old patience is a virtue and it’s going to be aroller coaster of a season so keep supporting the lads every week.

  11. I was in greggs and I was speaking to steve chettle and he says we are getting benzema. lol

  12. Hey NFFC, did you read Daniel Taylor’s article on the state of things at Forest? Just in case you missed it…


  13. As a Forest fan I would be happy if the club was honest with us by being up front and releasing truthfull information – good or bad.
    That I could accept.

  14. somebody explain what’s with the loan then? what tax reason’s? i’m a little slow lol and if robbie keane signed on loan i’d buy myself a new bmw that’s how daft that rumour is 🙂

    • I’m not a financial expert, so can’t really furnish you with an explanation aside from there are tax benefits to Forest taking money from a beneficiary in loan form rather than as gifts (and benefits to the beneficiary as well).

      I’m sure someone with a bit more accounting knowledge can be a bit more informative than that!

  15. I saw Des in JJB the other week with his lad. He’s looking a bit greyer these days but he’s still a legend. He didn’t tell me anything about Billy, Forest or Doughty but then again I didn’t ask.

  16. Good article as always. Couldn’t agree more about the communication at our club. Football clubs are businesses and supporters are therefore customers and our customer service and PR is some of the worst I know. We are all big enough to take bad news if that’s the case, but just some truths will do.

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