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Forest board meeting revealed

Ramspace have obtained some exclusive footage of the Forest boardroom meeting that brought down the curtain on Billy Davies’ two and half year reign. The footage reveals an almost unanimous vote, with just one person in disagreement.

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Schadenfreude

After a disappointing season, sometimes the only salvation is other peoples misery. Or more specifically, that of another club. Even more specifically – Forest. I’m sure they will sneer at us, given the league positions. But did they hold back when we were in the Prem and they were in League 1? Judging by the number of hits on the site after the Red Dogs most recent debacle, I’m guessing that some comment wouldn’t go amiss. See here goes. Some comments and observations in no particular order… Read the rest of this entry

Come on you Swans!

Good Luck to all at Swansea City for tonights game. Lets get this over the line and send the Red Dogs into meltdown.

Whats in the News?

If you’re as depressed as us by todays postponement, cheer yourself up with a browse through the papers. If you’ve not seen this, you’ll enjoy it. Silly Billy indeed. Read the rest of this entry

Don’t be so Silly!

Billy Davies has been spouting off in the media all week. Amongst his usual complaints, he’s also given us a few gems. This is my top three:

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Never felt more like singing the blues…

…when Derby win and Forest get yet another draw, coincidently against a team we’ve recently battered, and Silly starts his post match whingeing. In the game of Billy’s Bullshit Bingo, the phrase “stellar-signings” has featured heavily this season. After Forest’s most recent stalemate Davies was at it again, claiming “if you want to be a top-six side in the Championship, you have to, in my opinion, bring in stellar signings”.

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Carry On Number 33

With all the talk last season of ‘long term plans’, and ‘stability’, one of the things I started following was Nigel’s progress up the longest-serving manager chart.

With the Premier League starting up today and Martin O’Neil’s resignation last week, I thought I’d have quick check on the latest table.

Of the 92 league managers, Nigel is currently the 33rd longest-serving (with Silly, annoyingly, still sitting 1 place above him by 7 days).

Impressively, ex Ram, Paul Trollope is 7th at Bristol Rovers.

We’ll continue to track this throughout the season and it will be interesting to see if Nigel can breach the top 20 come May.

Check out the full list here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_Football_League_managers

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Superstar DJ, Here We Go !!!!!

Five thoughts on this week’s fantastic action at the City Ground:-

1) Watching as a neutral you’d have thought a Blackpool goal was coming for long periods before it did. As a seasoned viewer of teams managed by Billy Davies, the game seemed to be reverting to type. That is, Billy’s team get largely outplayed by a better side but stay organised, ride their luck and pinch the win. Which leads nicely to.

2) Lee Camp – In 2004/2005 Campy had had a fantastic season for the Rams only to drop a pivotal howler in injury time of the 1st leg defeat at PNE. Most Rams fans would say he was never the same after this and it was definitely the start of the end of his Rams career. Lets see how he reacts to gifting Blackpool their opener last night. History repeating would be nice.

3) Why did Skysports constantly refer to the 28,000 crowd as ‘huge’? As all Rams fans will know, this is derisory.

4) There is no doubt that our victory over the Red Dogs completely de-railed their season. Undefeated away from home up to that point, only 2 points scored thereafter on their travels. Couple this with Billy’s ludicrous “Clough kicked me” allegations and the feel bad factor around their lack of January spend and its a fact it all went wrong from Rob Hulse’s glorious header onwards.

5) No disrespect to Barks, but DJ Campbell needs to ask for a re-count on our player of the year vote.  He’d walk it!

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What next for Billy?

One of the first headlines in the Nottingham Post, following Forest’s hilarious Yeovil-esque play-off debacle, was that Davies was “thinking over his future”. Davies has been saying all season that Forest aren’t ready to go up and what a fantastic season they’ve had regardless.  Davies has one of the best squads in the division at one of the bigger clubs and his chairman has promised to bring players in during the summer. So what’s his problem? For saying Davies has two years left on his contract, he is sounding remarkably like a mercenary footballer – the Pascal Chimbonda of management. 

"Now i'm not saying I want to leave...."

One point to note is that since he started his management career in 1998, Billy Davies has always been the underdog: at Motherwell, Preston, Derby who had just survived relegation and then just been promoted; and at Forest who like Derby had narrowly avoided relegation. Unlike Derby, after a late season slide, Forest failed to clinch promotion so will start next season as promotion favourites. No longer the underdog for the first time. 

Add to this, chairman Nigel Doughty’s comment of “two or three players…maximum” for the summer; and give it a stir with Forest’s latter season form. Forest were joint top on points in late January but relegation away form saw them finish 23 points off the eventual champions Newcastle. Rams fans can pinpoint the exact day that Forest’s season began to unravel – January 30th at Pride Park. Forest hadn’t lost away until then and then haven’t won away since. Davies has arguably a more difficult task next season with massive expectation and work to do on his team, who like Derby in 2007, seem to have been “found out” post-Christmas. His usual “under-promise and over-deliver” style won’t wash this time around.

But what are his options? There aren’t any better jobs in the Championship and its unlikely that a Premier League club would gamble on him given his Premier League pedigree. Davies often proudly points to his play-off record; but his record shows that he has ultimately failed on the big occasion every time with one exception (Derby in 2007). Not ideal when every match in the Premier League is a big occasion. The Celtic job has been mentioned (I can just imagine – “Rangers finished six points clear last season, if we can cut that to five it will be a massive achievement”) and seems the only remote possibility. It will be interesting to see the time lag between Celtic announcing a new man and Billy committing to Forest. Other than that, there’s always a job at FC Twente…

 

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