Tag: Nottingham Forest

Vigilance & Optimism? New Owners For Nottingham Forest

A period of turmoil in the history of one of Englands oldest clubs which began with the untimely death of the man that had previously rescued it from the brink of extinction, Nigel Doughty, moved towards a new beginning this week with the announcement that Nottingham Forest – twice champions of Europe in an altogether more innocent age – had been bought out by a family from Kuwait. Within forty-eight hours, the manager that steered the club just clear of the Championship relegation zone has been sacked and a scheduled tour of North America has been called off as the club seeks to regroup with just weeks left before the start of the new season. Yet in amongst this story lurk some fascinating questions. What are the plans of the new owners for the future of the club? Who will be the new manager and can he haul the club up from its nineteenth place finish in the league table last season? And what does this take-over say about potential future trends in the Premier League? The three men at the heart of the deal are Fawaz, Abdulaziz and Omar Al-Hasawi, who reportedly made their fortunes in the refrigeration and air conditioning business. Most reports describe them as being somewhere between “wealthy” and “mega-rich” but, uncommonly for newspapers and websites – which usually froth at the mouth at the...

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A Bumpy Start To The Season For Nottingham Forest

With fifteen minutes to play at The City Ground yesterday afternoon, Nottingham Forest were leading Birmingham City by a single goal and, while it hadn’t been a vintage performance by any stretch of the imagination, it seemed as though this time Steve McClaren’s team would, at the fifth attempt, register their first home league win of the season at the fifth attempt. It only took thirteen minutes for the mirage to disappear, and three Birmingham goals in the last quarter of an hour of the match were enough to do for Nottingham Forest’s afternoon, Steve McClaren and, in a double-whammy which really sets this particular managerial departure apart from most, Nigel Doughty as the chairman of the club. The result left Nottingham Forest tottering a single place and a single point above the relegation places in the Championship, and with supporters protesting in and around the ground at the end of the match, the rumours didn’t take long to start circulating that McClaren wasn’t long for the world. The resignation of Doughty was arguably more of a surprise, though, and all the more so for admission that the appointment of McClaren being a misjudgement. He has been the chairman of the club for the last ten years and remains its main financial benefactor but, while the official line remains that he will continue to support the club financially, there...

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The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Swansea City 3-1 Nottingham Forest (3-1 Agg)

Thirty years ago, the football world was a very different place. What we now take to be the Premier League was still the First Division of the Football League, three points for a win were just about to be introduced as Aston Villa won their first league championship since 1910, having fielded just fourteen players all season, and Nottingham Forest had surrendered their name as the champions of Europe after two years with a 2-0 aggregate defeat at the hands of CSKA Sofia in the First Round of the European Cup the previous September, but still finished the season in a creditable seventh place in the table. Much has come and gone over the course of the intervening three decades, though, and Forest find themselves in the play-offs for a place in the Premier League. Swansea City, meanwhile, were heading for the promised land in 1981. The BBC’s Match Of The Day cameras were at Deepdale on the last day of the season to see John Toshack’s team win 3-1 against Preston North End and win promotion to the First Division for the first time on goal difference above Blackburn Rovers, relegating Preston at the same time. They were to last just two seasons in the top flight and by 1986 was back in the Fourth Division, but that team, a team of experience and flair, has come to...

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Match of the Week: Leeds United 4-1 Nottingham Forest

It feels a bit blasphemous reporting on a match in which a club associated with Ken Bates performed well, but since he’s one of football’s greatest chairmen, a good scrub in the shower should eliminate some of the guilt. Certainly, the Championship fixture between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest weighed heavily upon those at Elland Road on Saturday–both in terms of history and contemporary significance. While managers Simon Grayson and Billy Davies walked down those halls, through those doors, and onto that pitch, the ghosts of Revie and Clough floated along in their wake, anxious to see how today’s squads would rise in a match of near eternal foes. With promotion playoff potential at stake for both clubs, passions indeed ran high on the field of battle but in the end, quality won the day. The opening fifteen minutes were a flurry of  fits and starts as each side wanted to be the first off the mark. Indeed, it was difficult to devise a strategy for either club during this time, although Forest’s initial attack seemed geared toward flooding the Leeds half with as many bodies as possible and forcing them to concede set pieces. Shots by defenders Chambers and Lynch from the channel carved out on the right side were dealt with while Leeds attempted swift counter attacks via Aston Villa loanee Barry Bannan as Forest’s defenders were...

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Match Of The Week: Swansea City 3-2 Nottingham Forest

Things are getting quite congested at the top of the Championship. Just six points separate second placed Norwich City from Nottingham Forest in sixth place in the table and, should Queens Park Rangers find themselves being docked points over the Alejandro Faurlin, even the relatively comfortable gap between them and the chasing pack – they are seven points clear of Norwich and ten ahead of third placed Swansea City – even that could start to crumble. Yet again, the top of the Championship table seems likely to offer us a tight end to the season. Part of the package that comes with such a close run-in is that the chasing pack, all jostling for position, have to play each other regularly as the season enters its final straight and this afternoon third-placed Swansea City are at home against sixth-placed Nottingham Forest. Both teams have already been granted a favour at lunchtime by struggling Sheffield United, who beat Leeds United by two goals to nil at Bramall Lane. It’s a result that has given Forest the opportunity to leapfrog over Leeds if they can muster a single point from The Liberty Stadium this afternoon. At this stage of the season, the margins that separate victory from defeat can be very slender indeed. Much is made of Nottingham Forest’s slide from grace since the glory days of the late 1970s, but...

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