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McClaren Finds Out That Our T.A.P. 'Aint All That

Former Forest boss Billy Davies will be laughing his wee sporran off today, following the news that his successor Steve McClaren, is already facing the same problems in the transfer market that he had for almost three years, before being sacked from his post at the City Ground.

McClaren told BBC Radio Nottingham today, that he is considering staying at home, whilst the squad travel out to Portugal on Wednesday for a pre season training camp on the Algarve. The reason behind the decision, lies in the clubs` lack of activity in the transfer market. Since McClaren took charge on June 13, Forest only have the arrival of Andy Reid on a free transfer, to show for their endeavours, despite seeing no less than nine players depart through the exit door.

A rather bemused McClaren said. 'I want to be with the team but I may have to stay rather than go to Portugal. My most important job at the moment is to make sure we assemble a squad that can compete for promotion. I may have to stay behind and work with the chairman Nigel Doughty and Mark Arthur to make sure we get the right players in.'

If McClaren had any doubts whatsoever about the difficulties his predecessor had in dealing with the much maligned Transfer Acquisitions Panel at NFFC, he sure as hell doesn`t now. The chances of the club landing two of his stated targets, now look to be diminishing by the hour. A deal to bring Newcastle United`s Wayne Routledge to the City Ground, was virtually in the bag on Friday, but a failure to agree personal terms with the player, has allowed Swansea to nip in and offer him the chance to ply his trade in the Premiership next season. It`s now understood that Newcastle have accepted a bid from the newly promoted Welsh club and the deal to sign him up to the Reds`, is hanging by a thread. Any deal to bring Nicky Maynard to the club, looks as far away as it did this time a fortnight ago, when we were yet to offer Bristol City a fee. Maynard was described by McClaren, as his number one target this summer, but it`s widely believed that we haven`t even put an offer in to the Robins yet, who have admitted turning down a substantial bid, believed to be from free spending Leicester City.

If Steve McClaren does opt to miss the trip to Portugal, it will call into question the faith he has in those above him to do their jobs. It may well act as the catalyst needed to get the club moving on the transfer front, but on the other hand, it could be the beginning of yet another difficult relationship, for the manager and the board of NFFC.

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Writer: guinless Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 11 2011

Time: 8:33PM

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Pete to find 'em. Brian to land 'em. Whatever happened to the pre-emptive strike? Surely ND could pay for some top drawer negotiators to work for us in July, August, and January each year so we can seal the deal with some of these players. What are we not doing that Cardiff, Leicester and Hull are doing? Cos they are getting results at warp speed whereas we have all the tactical agility of a khazak ice cream van! Nigel - SORT IT OUT! 3 windows running is inexcusable.
Husky Red
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11/07/2011 22:49:00

You tell them, Kev'. Another punchy article from the 'pull no punches' pen of the Guinless. Should write more! Sliding tackle takes down the T.A.P. (TWAP for short. ;) Salutes Davies for pulling their pants down in public so often. It's nothing short of professional embarrassment that Steve may have to stay behind. He must wonder what the hell he's gotten himself into. 1 month after his arrival and this amateurs have signed one player and deja vu Mills style have balls up the Routledge deal over wages as we knew they would. Pathetic. Davies said after the Mills fiasco, 'There appears to be a problem closing the deal, getting the job done at this club.' A mere short time after his arrival. We know who he was talking about. MA out! Stand down, Sir! The cricket club couldn't wait to get rid of you. I'm sure Forest fans feel the same way. Do the honourable thing and resign. SA.
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12/07/2011 10:15:00

Where's the leadership to match your much boasted of patronage, Mr. Doughty? You were quiet after the play off defeat, quiet after the sacking of Davies, quiet on the appointment of McClaren and quiet during this latest Summer debacle, one of many during the train wreck of your tenure. If you can't stand the heat, get the hell out and sell to someone who can. At least bank your man publicly. SA.
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12/07/2011 10:17:00


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