Vigilance & Optimism? New Owners For Nottingham Forest


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. maliniok says:

    Glen Hoddle and Darren Ferguson are bookies favourites for the job.

  2. Ian says:

    Not, I would suggest, names that inspire a great deal more confidence than McCarthy or McLeish!

  3. Martin says:

    I find it disconcerting that they would drop a club in their own country and come over to England to buy a club here instead. How is football going to develop if this trend continues?

    Will we be here in 40 years time with the same 5 or so leagues of good quality and every other football fan outside those countries being starved of good local football? It would be a waste if so.

    My vision:

    We need countries to all develop their own high quality leagues, not propped up on foreign money or talent, but home grown. Then the champions leagues in each region will improve and the world club cup will have a true reason for existence. People will be able to watch their favourite teams play at 3pm local time irrespective of where they are and international football will gain back some of its lustre.

  4. maliniok says:

    Martin your thought is so wrong. Football hasn’t been played on Saturdays at 3pm in other countries. That’s English tradition. By the way I went to a Forest fans forum and they’re wetting themselves over this takeover and celebrating the sacking of Cotteril because he played hoofball. They would be in L1 now if it wasn’t for that man and his hoofball. No gratitude, no honour, no dignity. Fools.

  5. Redman says:

    Re above post – a lot of fans, possibly the majority, wanted Cotterill sacked even before the takeover. It was argued his type of football did not suit our longheld reputation for the passing game (even before the days of Clough); and that the club hadn’t picked up on the field until O’Driscoll joined Cotterill on the coaching staff. O’Driscoll leaving at the end of the season for Crawley. Unless the above poster is a regular at the City Ground he would be better to restrict himself to topics he might know something about. Nottingham Forest is a precious antique with an apparent bright future. You can rest assured Forest fans are amongst the most cynical and will be vigilant in watching the development of the club. Personally I can’t fault the new owners at the moment whose approach has been refreshingly open and decisive.

  6. Bridport Red says:

    Maliniok, every club has its fools – and yes, some Forest fans never took to Cotterill (largely because they were sulking over the dismissal of their beloved Billy Davies, thus ignoring the fact that Davies had pretty much made his own downfall inevitable). Most of us, however, recognise in Cotterill an honest man who did a good job in extremely difficult circumstances – he couldn’t spend money, had to rely entirely on loans, and inherited a hopelessly ill-balanced squad (with a tissue-thin defence, for example) whose morale had been shattered by the lamentable reign of Steve McLaren.

    The majority of Forest fans wish Cotterill well, wherever he ends up. That doesn’t, however, mean that he was the right man to take the club forward under the new owners. Clearly either they or he didn’t think so, after only one meeting – and we don’t yet know why.

    It looks like being a bumpy ride, and only time will tell whether it will be a successful one. Given that a week ago we faced near-certain relegation, on the whole the new world has to be seen as better than the alternative; at the time of writing, for instance, Forest have only Chris Gunter as a recognised first team defender, and until the Al-Hasawi family turned up the club didn’t even have enough money to offer contracts to existing players, let alone buy new ones.

    It could easily all end in tears, but the early signs merit cautious optimism. If you go looking for morons to match your pre-conceived ideas, however, you will always find them if you dig hard enough; that’s football fans for you.

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