Vital Football

Latest Nottingham Forest News

Crazy Christmas For Managerless Reds

Crazy Christmas For Managerless Reds

I don't watch soap operas. I don't need to. I'm a Forest fan. The twists and turns on Trentside are more intriguing, thrilling and baffling than any TV drama but just like the soaps the ongoing saga at Forest saved its most dramatic storyline for a frantic festive period.

The Boxing day 'special' saw a dismal capitulation to basement rivals Doncaster - putting an end to Colin Calderwood's tenure in the City Ground hotseat.

The leaderless Reds bounced back from the disappointment and emerged from the drama of post-match sacking to earn a superb win at Norwich, which sucked the Canaries into the relegation fight and pushed themselves out of the bottom three at long last.

The Christmas period was a lurch from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again in a gripping plot to match any 'Who Shot Phil?' or 'Emmerdale Plane Crash' soap storyline and the biggest cliffhanger still remains - who will be handed the task of saving the club from relegation?

That Colin Calderwood's management ended in the ignominy of an embarrassing defeat seemed a shame but in the cold light of day his sacking was necessary to try and save the club from the possibility of plummeting to the dreaded reaches of League One.

CC's legacy to the club is a small squad of young, talented players - who have, in fits and starts, shown themselves capable of playing well at Championship level.

A new manager will have to continue to look to Lewis McGugan, Joe Garner, Wes Morgan, Matt Thornhill etc as the basis for the future of the club.

CC's downfall was in not adding steel to the style his players offered.

At key points in the season a lack of experience and nous at full back, centre back and in centre midfield has cost us points. These gaping holes must be plugged in January to avoid the type of disastrous performances that have occurred at unfortunate intervals throughout the campaign, crushing any upward momentum the team had (Wolves, Norwich, Sheff Utd, Doncaster spring to mind).

In those games where the team have played well (which to be fair have been regular enough to warrant optimism) the side is crying out for a calming influence - someone to drive the likes of McGugan on and help hammer home our advantage.

Up front Tyson's electric pace, Earnshaw's poaching prowess and Garner's tireless tenacity provide variety that could be expanded on with the addition of someone with strength and guile. Another body would also be extremely welcome for the strike force after the failure of the Andy Cole experiment.

The squad does not need dismantling and re-building - it needs toughening up. Any new boss should not put a stop to the stylish football being played but should try to ensure that dominant performances are turned into a more plentiful plunder of points.

And the man to do that is.........well that's for another episode of the City Ground soap saga. I'll certainly be on the edge of my seat for the next installment.....

Thanks to t10red for another great article. You can check out more of what he has to say by visiting trentender.blogspot.com.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:t10red
Date:Tuesday December 30 2008
Time: 9:33AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
FA Cup Mag Seven Fans Q&A: Here Come Forest! http://www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=137037
Johnny Baguette
30/12/2008 15:30:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Nottingham Forest Articles

Are Players Set For A Football Exit?

With the country narrowly voting to leave the European Union in Thursday's Referendum, there are certainly plenty of real questions that have to be addressed in terms...

Brighton Date Change For TV

Nottingham Forest's Championship tie against Brighton and Hove Albion has had the fixture date moved today to accommodate the television cameras.

Montanier Joins As New Head Coach

Nottingham Forest's long search for a new manager/head coach is complete today with the announcement of Philippe Montanier's arrival.

Doncaster Date Set

Having been drawn against Doncaster Rovers in the first round of this season's League Cup, Nottingham Forest have now confirmed the date on which the game will take place.

Archived Vital Forest Articles

Vital Forest articles from

Site Journalists

Kev Finnegan
no email
Profile
Our Kids Dad
Editor email
Profile
Those Feet
no email
Profile
WillT
no email
Profile
Galaxy42
no email
Profile
Mark2310
no email
Profile
bazforest
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MK Dons MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
de Vries9%
Lichaj1%
Mills1%
Fox2%
Jokic10%
Tesche1%
Gardner1%
Cohen36%
O Burke1%
O'Grady1%
Osborn3%
Sub - Mancienne1%
Sub - Assombalonga31%
Sub - Mendes da Graca2%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Nottingham Forest Results (view all)

Nottingham Forest Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Jimmy Gordon740
2.Apollyon407
3.Pope John XXIII388
4.PVH374
5.the jock245
6.radfordinlondon236
7.Widdow225
8.in_the_top_one202
9.Marco Polo195
10.Ingy193