Tag: Nottingham Forest

Video of the Day: Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest, February 1968

Seldom in the entire history of English football can two clubs have had such differing experiences of one manager than those of Leeds United and Nottingham Forest with regards to Brian Clough. Clough lasted forty-four days at Elland Road in 1974 as the successor to Don Revie, a period encapsulated by the film The Damned United, but his time at The City Ground lasted eighteen years and saw the Football League championship, the League Cup and the European Cup – twice! – delivered to Forest. Clough was still cutting his managerial teeth at Derby County in February 1968, though,...

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Video of the Day: Derby County vs Nottingham Forest, 1983

The East Midlands had an extraordinary decade for football in the 1970s. Derby County were the champions of England twice and Nottingham Forest the champions of England once and of Europe twice – including 1980 – but by the early 1980s Derby had been relegated from the First Division of the Football League and were struggling against relegation to the Third Division, less that eight years after being the champions of the country. On top of this, there are just fifteen miles between Nottingham and Derby. And on top of this, well. Peter Taylor had, of course, been the...

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It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

If grounds could talk, its tale would be the grandest of them all. It is no Camp Nou, no Santiago Bernabéu. You could hardly find a more inauspicious set for this Hollywood plot. Across the waters of the Trent, beyond the graffiti-spattered Lady Bay Bridge and gloomy, half-abandoned industrial units, Nottingham Forest’s giant, dirty goalpost of a Trent End is impossible to miss, standing proud alongside the boat clubs on the banks of the river. You already know the implausible story arc: the rise from provincial obscurity, the glory, and the fall from grace; the laser-guided mind and electric ego...

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Alex McLeish’s 40 Days Crowns Nottingham Forest’s Seven Weeks Of Madness

At least, Alex McLeish might have pondered as he left The City Ground for the last time this morning, he was there for long enough to get Christmas paid for. It’s a small consolation for the now former manager of Nottingham Forest, but small consolations are as much as many Forest supporters can take succour from after the club confirmed this morning that McLeish had left the club after just forty days in charge. Since it had been strongly rumoured that McLeish was at the point of resigning his position after the club’s transfer deadline day disaster – which saw George Boyd turned away on the spurious grounds of not having perfect eyesight, only for the player to be offered a loan deal until the end of the season – it is, perhaps somewhat surprising that he lasted as much longer as another four and a half days. Not that those days were particularly happy ones, mind. A defeat at the hands of Birmingham City at the weekend was followed by McLeish pointedly refusing to discuss his future after the match. There are grounds for suggesting that this was for the best. McLeish’s records at Birmingham City and Aston Villa meant that his initial appointment was greeted with a degree of scepticism by many Forest supporters and he had hardly set the world on fire since taking the job,...

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Deadline Day Panic: A Short-Sighted Transfer Policy At Nottingham Forest

Transfer deadline day probably wasn’t supposed to work out like this for the Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish. His appointment into the position at The City Ground hadn’t been met with universal acclaim, and it had been suggested for a couple of weeks that there had been tensions between the manager and the club’s owners following the dismissal of chief executive Mark Arthur and Keith Burt, the club’s head of recruitment, and suggestions that he was being railroaded into signing specific players. Whatever tensions there were seem to have come to a head following the farcical-sounding attempt to bring the Peterborough United midfielder George Boyd to The City Ground which ended in strong rumours that McLeish had resigned his position at the end of last month. McLeish has won just one of his six matches in charge of the club so far, not the sort of form that seems likely to get Nottingham Forest into the Premier League, which is quite clearly where the Al-Hasawi family, who bought the club last summer, see as their ultimate aim for the club. Boyd is clearly a talented player and has played almost three hundred and seventy games for Stevenage and Peterborough United and even spent six games on loan at The City Ground during the latter part of the 2009/10 season, but at the end of his medical yesterday Forest called...

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