So, Cotterill it is, then..

Apologies for the late response on pretty seismic Forest news- sometimes I do have real life to attend to, honest!

So, in spite of being kept quiet by Forest, the voices everywhere else that seemed to know we were courting Steve Cotterill were right.

I’m not excited by it, although naturally the next Steve of the season gets my support by default.

It does make the Frank Clark appointment announcement timing look like a brazen exercise in earning some goodwill before dropping this bombshell, though – particularly immediately wheeling out the new chairman to talk about the list of ‘high calibre’ applicants he now needed to consider carefully.

Obviously he’s had a hand in our recruitment drive for some time and it transpires that Cotterill is the man who stood out as the man for the job in his eyes:

“I’m really excited about the appointment.  Steve was always at the top of the list and he fits the criteria that we set out when I first started looking at this with the board last week.  He’s enthusiastic, he’s hungry, he’s got a terrific CV and he’s experienced at this level.  He was everything we were looking for”

Almost in the same breath he says experience in the Championship isn’t the most important thing.  Hmm. I must confess to be worried that we have paid good money for a manager who looked like a reasonable shout to be available for nothing within a couple of games.  A manager who has never finished in the top half of The Championship.

A manager who left Notts County less than two years ago because he wanted to move down south to be closer to his family, I mean, I know we’re 400 yards more South than Meadow Lane – but what the hell?  There are many areas of concern for me – and I’ve not even got on to the perceived style of football he is an exponent of.  That’s less of a worry for me, I thought the same about Billy Davies and I was wrong – and, well, he can’t deliver performances worse than the last manager.

All in all, he comes here – on a three and a half year contract no less – with a lot to prove.  Obviously the immediate priority is to deliver some results by hook or by crook, and of course as fans our immediate concern should be to put our energy behind supporting Steve and the team on the pitch and park any concerns or doubts we might have.  They might be justified, but let’s give the guy a fair crack of the whip.

In his first interview as Forest manager he said:

“It was a wrench to leave Portsmouth after everything we’ve been through together there but I’ll remain great friends with people down there.  The fans were terrific with me but now I have a new challenge with Nottingham Forest that I’m really looking forward to.”

He obviously hasn’t seen some of the celebrations on Portsmouth FC fan forums nor on Twitter.  Having said that, we should know from our own collection of forums that it’s always difficult to get anything approximating a concensus for a fanbase.  So welcome aboard Steve – may you blow us away with unexpected brilliance and make this cautious blog post look ridiculous.

At least Terry the Kitman can help with the financial frugality by just piggling the M and the little C away from Steve McClaren’s old training kit…

Okay, now I’ve got all that off my chest: