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King Billy To Celtic? Let's Hope Not

Various media sources are today reporting that Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies will be leaving the club, to join SPL boys Celtic.

Rumours began surfacing at the weekend, when The Mirror announced that he was a shock contender for the role at Celtic. That news has had a bit more meat put on the bone today, by two separate articles in the The Guardian and The Times.

The Times article comes complete with quotes from his 'adviser' Jim Price, stating that Davies wouldn't be averse to a move to Celtic, despite his former ties with their fiercest rivals Rangers. "I think the idea that Billy is an out-and-out Rangers man is a bit of a myth. I advise Billy on different football matters and my remit with him is simple: when there is any club out there who is interested in having Billy as their manager, we sit down and discuss it.'

Both the Times and The Guardian state that the Glasgow club have sounded out Davies and his possible interest in the job, which is currently being carried out by former Red, Neil Lennon in a stand in capacity. Davies' managerial credentials would stand him in good stead if he wants the job, even if his religious and political views might not. The question is, will he take it? There's possibly more reasons why he shouldn't, bearing in mind the current state of Scottish football, both financially and also in terms of the quality available and that which it can attract. European football would certainly be a draw, but would it be enough?

This of course all plays very well into the hands of Billy Davies himself and he will hopefully see it as a means of strengthening it. He's had a few well documented fall outs with the board at NFFC, as he has at previous clubs' before. But, he does at least still get on with Chairman Nigel Doughty despite this. Hopefully Davies will see his job at Forest as being unfinished, wherever we end up playing our football next season. He still feels the need to prove people wrong over his time in the Premiership with Derby and his best chance of doing that is with Forest, either this coming season or next.

Although it would be nice to hear the manager come out and say he's staying, I don't think he will, simply because it doesn't help his case in his arguments over the much maligned acquisitions panel. Speculation, rumour and uncertainty over his future will only add to his case and hopefully make the people at NFFC towers realise that we have the best manager in years looking after team affairs at the City Ground.




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Date:Tuesday April 20 2010

Time: 11:27AM

Your Comments

You have to be kidding? We already took a failure from England where there are almost no decent managers. Davies is a hun. Keep him. Trust me, the Celtic fans don't want him.
weetim67
Billy Davies has tuned this club around and it is now on the up , instead of languishing in the relegation zone again. If he decided to leave because of the board it would simply demonstrate their lack of ambition in not backing the best bloke we've had since Brian !
Derbyred88
If you gain promotion (and I hope you do), do you think Davies is the man to keep you in the Premier League? There are certainly a few managers available with better CVs that have had success in the top flight. I know it seems harsh to have someone bring you to the Premier League and then replace them, but business is business. Just curious?
Teddy_KGB
I dont care if he leaves. He doesnt know how to sign a decent player basically. The good ones we had this year like Ando and Gunter and Campy were already loaned up by the board they werent BD's choices. He got McKenna in yes and he is good but he also bought some serious trash like McGoldrick. He is also so negative away from home we are a joke! We were the biggest spenders and expected to be in the play offs in all reality so he has done no more than any of the other top 10 managers in the would have done. If he stays great but dont give him too much money, if he goes, ''whatever''
TrickierTreeThanYou
Hi. I'm a long term follower who has never felt the need to post anything on this site, but I have just read the comment by trickier tree above and felt I had to say something. The first thing is that Billy got Gunter in, he wasn't already lined up by Colin/the board, we signed him on loan around March last year (Billy joined in Jan). He also managed to get Dexter in, who is probably the best player I've seen at forest that can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Then there is Raddy (maybe he was lined up the previous summer, but didn't arrive until Billy took charge). Fair enough players such as Camp, Ando etc were lined up before he took charge, but I'm sure his influence helped to sign them up on permanent deals last summer. I take your point that we are the biggest spenders, but we were very close to that last season (if not the top spenders again), but where did that get us at the end of the season..19th/20th I can't remember. I'm relatively young in terms of supporting forest, only having a season ticket for about 10 years or so, but this is the best team I've seen in my time and certainly he is the best manager (Hart pushing him close). I for one would be absolutely devastated if he left, as I know we would start to falter again and stumble back down to where we were last season. We need consistency and I really hope we hold to him.
forest_fire
I have t agree with Trickier Tree actually. No eveidence to suggest that BD has ever come up with many of his own successful signings, at any club really
paz1967
 

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