UK time is: 06:48:03
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Forest Are Playing With Fire

The honeymoon is over for new Forest boss Billy Davies and if he didn't realise it before, he as sure as hell knows now that he has a massive job on his hands to keep the club in the Championship this season.

The 2-0 defeat at the hands of Prem bound Brum yesterday, will have been evidence enough that his woefully thin and inexperienced squad have their work cut out to survive this division. Davies says he relishes the challenge ahead and is enthused with the youngsters and their potential. With a bit of luck, he'll be around long enough to see that potential bear fruit, but it's a risky step to take in our current position.

His post match comments on BBC Radio Nottingham, gave the broadest hint yet, that he won't be bringing anyone in to bolster the squad. When pressed on whether he'd be adding to his squad, he asked. 'Where are these players?' It sounds as if Billy Davies is now singing from the same hymn sheet as Messrs Arthur and Doughty, when he says that it's difficult to bring players in during the January transfer window. I have to say that's something of a disappointment and that I expected a little more from our leader. He is after all, supposed to be his own man and isn't exactly famous for toeing the party line and being used as a puppet by the clubs that have employed him in the past. Maybe his time out of the game has mellowed him. Time will tell.

Davies says that he knows the players he wants, which is always handy, but we need them now. It really does look as so we're going to try and get to the end of the season with what we have. If it works, then great, but why take the risk? We are in serious danger of going down to League 1 again with the current squad. This is still the same team that was struggling under Calderwood.

A quick glance at the table shows us sitting in the relative comfort of 19th and 4 points above the drop zone, but closer scrutiny shows our position to be more precarious than it at first seems. We've played 2 more games than Barnsley and Watford and have a tough set of fixtures coming up. Ipswich and the Sheep are coming up in the next 7 days and by the time they're out of the way we could be back in the bottom 3. Billy Davies and the club were waxing lyrical earlier this week, about the future being bright. It may not be as bright this time next week, if we fail to pick up the points.

It's a very risky strategy that NFFC have adopted and one that Billy Davies has clearly accepted. I don't think it's a strategy that most fans would have taken, but then it's not our money that we are spending. Contrary to what Davies has said, the players are out there. Camp, Bunn, Bywater, McSheffrey, Porter, Brown, Croft, Hoolahan, Adebola and plenty more besides, were all linked as potential targets during the window. For one reason or another we missed the boat and failed to sign a single one. That failure could cost us dearly and we all know what that failure will be.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Championship odds

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

The Journalist

Writer: guinless Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 15 2009

Time: 1:34PM

Your Comments

Fingers crossed, even as we are we will stay up - there is worse than us out there. Judge Billy's commitment to bringing new faces in if we stay up, and on his actions in the summer
Old Big Ed
i thought davies would do better than he has done to be honest.
bluemooner_mcfc
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Nottingham Forest Articles

Stats: Nottingham Forest v Fulham (Thursday September 18 2014)

There's Only One Chris Cohen!!! (Thursday September 18 2014)

Bash9's Forest Player Ratings!! (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Forest v Fulham Vital Preview (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Stats: Nottingham Forest v Derby County (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Louis Laing's Lane Loan! (Friday September 12 2014)

Forest v Derby Vital Match Preview! (Friday September 12 2014)

Forest v Derby - It's A Sell Out! (Thursday September 11 2014)

Bash9 - August's Player Of The Month! (Thursday September 11 2014)

Archived Nottingham Forest Articles

List All Vital Forest Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Jimmy Gordon 361
2. PVH 334
3. Calvin Plummer 249
4. da fuq 158
5. LyttleByLyttle 151
6. Mr Angry 122
7. Ingy 120
8. Southern red 114
9. MarvinsPA 105
10. Cornelius_Smiff 103

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Forest 2 - 0 Blackpool
Forest 4 - 0 Reading
Forest 1 - 1 Derby County
Forest 5 - 3 Fulham
Bournemouth 1 - 2 Forest
Sheff Wed 0 - 1 Forest

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Forest 7 5 2 0 +10 17
2. Norwich 7 5 1 1 +10 16
3. Watford 7 5 0 2 +7 15
4. Wolves 7 4 2 1 +4 14
5. Charlton 7 3 4 0 +3 13
6. Reading 7 4 1 2 +1 13
7. Derby County 7 3 3 1 +5 12

Breaking League News

Clubs line-up for Boro man
Middlesbrough : 18/09/2014 22:23:00
We have cover says Karanka
Middlesbrough : 18/09/2014 22:13:00
Boro suffer major blow
Middlesbrough : 18/09/2014 22:04:00
Handling Youth
Bolton : 18/09/2014 22:00:00
There's Only One Chris Cohen!!!
Forest : 18/09/2014 21:25:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Djamel Abdoun is yet to find a new club - would you keep him to see if he can turn his Forest career
Suggested By:  OKD
Yes - given current injuries 71%
No - get rid asap 29%