Date:Sunday October 23 2011
It's just seven days since new manager Steve Cotterill started his job at Nottingham Forest and already in that short space of time, he's beginning to prove many of his doubters wrong, myself included, with two wins from his first two games in charge.
When Cotterill walked through the City Ground gates last Monday, the club were lying just one place off the bottom of the Championship table and were more than deserving of their place in the relegation zone. To say the appointment of Cotterill was greeted with less than universal approval from the fans would be an understatement. But, in his first two games, he's not only picked up maximum points, he's done alot to dispel the myths of his hoofball style of play and that he is tactically inept.
Some will say Cotterill is just enjoying a honeymoon period and benefiting from new manager syndrome, but the early signs are positive and bode well for the season ahead. It's also much nicer to be talking positively about the team for once, after the shocking start to the campaign the club has endured. Whilst it may be too early to be singing his praises, his reign as manager has got off to a flyer and the dramatic turnaround is having an effect both on the pitch and off. The wins over Middlesbrough on Tuesday, followed by the win away at Blackpool on Saturday, have done much to restore the faith of supporters, who have seen two gritty displays, performed in a style that is pleasing to the eye.
Cotterill is remaining grounded and knows the job is far from done, as I suspect do most of the fans. But after the events of the past few weeks, it makes a refreshing change to be looking forward to the games ahead instead of that feeling of dread and concern that gripped most of us prior to his arrival. Keep up the good work Mr. Cotterill and keep proving the doubters wrong.
Date:Sunday October 23 2011
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