No Mahoney But Metgod Returns To Nottingham Forest
Previously seen as something of a nailed on Nottingham Forest arrival, Connor Mahoney will join a rival bidder. However, this isn't going to be Wolves, Celtic or Middlesbrough, Bournemouth will sign the Blackburn winger, according to Sky Sports.
Forest reportedly got as far as completing a medical and agreeing terms with Mahoney, 20, but failure to agree a compensation payment with Blackburn, relegated instead of the Reds on the final day of last season, has seen Bournemouth step in.
If the Premier League side can't agree a fee with Blackburn a tribunal will decide but Bournemouth are in 'pole position' to sign out-of-contract Mahoney.
But Forest have confirmed an arrival at the City Ground, in fact the return of a familiar face, as Johnny Metgod has been appointed as a director.
A midfielder at Forest, playing over a 100 games during a three year spell from 1984, when arriving from Real Madrid, Metgod spent four years at rivals Derby as a first team coach until ex-Reds forward Nigel Clough from 2009-2013.
Commenting on coming home, Metgod told the Official Website: 'It is good to be back; I have good memories of Nottingham. I came in 1984, a couple of years after the successes of '79 and '80, and, for me, it feels like coming home; it is a nice area to come back to and it feels like home. My eldest daughter was born here in 1984 so for my family and I, we have good and fond memories of Nottingham. I will be trying to get together with everyone at the Club to try and make sure that we go upwards and improve. It is going to be a long process and not something that will be done in months. We are here for the long term.'
Echoing the comments of others, ensuring Forest don't struggle like last season is the prime objective. But Metgod believes there's people in place to push the Reds forward into the Premier League, stressing this will take time.
'We have to try and make sure that what happened last season is not something that is going to be repeated. We are better than that and we need to make sure that the Club is always going forwards. In football, you get to know people and sometimes those contacts work out. I met with Mr Marinakis and spoke to him about what he wanted to do at the Club and the project here and it was something that excited me. There are great football people at the club and I am really optimistic that we will be able to achieve something here. We are not looking to do it overnight; we are aware that it will take time to achieve the goals and that there will be a lot of hard work involved in doing that, but everyone is prepared to do it and get Nottingham Forest back up to where we need to be.'
Chairman, Nicholas Randall QC added: From the outset we wanted a former player with experience of both English and Continental football to sit with us on the Board to enhance our football knowledge. John was our first choice and he can provide the Board with the benefit of his vast experience of football and provide a link between the owners, with their experience of running a Club in Europe's elite, and the English game.
'John's experience of Continental Football at Real Madrid and in Holland also means he is perfectly placed to provide helpful insight into our programmes for fan and community engagement as well as building links with former players, he continued. 'John's role as a member of the Board is not to be confused with a Director of Football role as Mark Warburton and Frank McParland will retain autonomy and authority regarding their roles.'