Date:Tuesday April 28 2009
Much has been said and written about the ten year reign of Forest Chairman Nigel Doughty and whether or not it has been to the benefit of NFFC. Whatever your opinion of the man and what he has achieved in that period, he now has the chance to put the club where he says he wants it to be...in the Premiership.
The remit for this season, after gaining promotion to the Championship was survival. Although that goal was met, it came at some cost and not necessarily a financial one. The cost came in Colin Calderwood losing his job, what looked like certain relegation and the loss of faith from supporters. All three of those may now have been averted due to the appointment of Billy Davies and his steadying of the ship, but he now has to be allowed to strengthen and build the squad as he sees fit.
Due to the current economic climate, that may be easier said than done. According to the Sunday Times Rich List, our beloved Chairman and benefactors personal fortune, has taken a bit of a hammering over the past year. The list shows his wealth drop by over £20m for the period and that may affect his spending on the Reds'.
Financially the club is in good shape and that is thanks to his continually bailing us out, but if he aims to achieve his ambition of Premiership status anytime soon, he's going to have to dig deep and open his wallet. We may have been amongst the biggest spenders in the division this season, but he's going to have to cough up a fair wedge, just for us to survive again next term. As we all know, these aren't the times for throwing money around and some would say, least of all on a football club. But if he wants to move the club forwards as he says, that's precisely what he will have to do. It's over to you now Nigel, the ball is in your court.
Date:Tuesday April 28 2009
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