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The Blame Game

Success in football terms is easy to gauge and at Nottingham Forest it's as plain as the nose on yer face that two wins from 18 games is failure in anyone's language. That is the reason we're bottom of the table, but why is it that once again we, the over paying fans look like being in for a season of trouble and heartache?

The primary reason for that lies firmly at the feet of the manager. Colin Calderwood can claim to have been hit harder than most in terms of his injury list, but then again most managers don't go and shell out a shit load of cash on already injured players. Garner and Anderson may well turn out to be our saviours, but they were never going to deliver from the treatment room.

Another reason for our lowly position is Calderwood's tactical nous, or lack of it. On many occasions during his tenure, he's been out thought in the tactical department. Russell Slade at Yeovil had him licked in the Playoff semi in 2007, as have the likes of Malpas when he was at Swindon, Kevin Bond at Bournemouth and Richard Money at Walsall, to name but a few. With the greatest of respect to those guys, they're not exactly managing at the top end of the game and unlikely ever to do so. He's a stubborn fella though is our Colin and unlikely to fall on his sword. Resignation isn't a word that exists in his vocabulary, as he has an unshakeable belief in his own ability. That would normally be seen as a good characteristic if he was any good, but unfortunately it seems that the Championship is a step too far for him. Maybe one day he will be a top manager, but for now he's not cut out for it at this level.

The blame also lies with those that we entrust to pull on the shirt. The entire defence is below the standard required to have any success at this level. The continued selections and failure to replace Wilson, Morgan, Chambers and Breckin will see the eventual downfall of Calderwood and our speedy return to League 1. We have a squad with as many loan signings in it as is permissable and a strikeforce firing blanks. Add to all this a training regime that begs a million questions, due to the number of injuries sustained and you have the perfect recipe for relegation. That's where we're heading and we're heading there fast, unless we act swiftly of course and rip out the cancers that are killing this club.

Ripping out the cancers that are killing the club throws up another problem though, in that the people charged with doing just that are at the root of our troubles in the first place. Messrs Nigel Doughty and his sidekick Mark Arthur have to take their share of the blame as well. They have brought the club through what can only be described as 10 years of failure and at the present time it shows little sign of ending here. They will of course point to a healthy balance sheet, being the biggest spenders in the division and last years promotion, but they have to look at where we are now.

There has been alot of talk lately of new investment in the club and it's been dismissed out of hand by those in charge. If there is any truth in it all, I'd hope it was sooner rather than later. The longer things stay as they are, the sooner we'll be back in League 1. It took us three years to get out at the last attempt, it could take a lot bloody longer next time.







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Writer:guinless
Date:Sunday November 23 2008
Time: 2:44PM

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