Date:Monday May 21 2007
Learn to love the Chairman like I have, this is the email I sent him giving him my utmost support!
Congratulations on another great season at Nottingham Forest. You must be so proud of your time as at the club. What do the fans know; you`re the only supporter whose opinion counts!
You are, and remain the saviour of Forest and i am so glad you haven`t tried to sell the club or look for other investment from elsewhere. Especially at a time when they are a lot of people (from home and aboard) looking to Invest in English Clubs (with a lot less heritage).
Yes it seems en vogue to buy clubs again, but you stick to your guns and don`t sell us out because you are one of us, you are first and foremost a Nottingham Forest support! I don`t care that you don`t understand what is happening on the pitch, and that your favourite players are Gary "exceptional" Holt and John "dependable" Curtis, who by coincidence are the managers favourite players too.
I don`t care you have problems in the past picking a decent manager, or improving the City Ground, just as long as when you do turn up, your happy watching the team and get your getting things right in the boardroom!
Im also pleased to hear you are happy with the manager and the players, and are looking forward to another year in league one. I mean come on, sacking the manager is just wasting money, and your valuable time searching for a replacement, who cares if most fans do want him out - as I said, what do they know?!
Who wants to go to the Championship, yes it would have been worth at least £8 million, but we would have to spend much more money than that making us competitive and that would only put us even further in debt.
In League one, whatever you spend looks good against the other teams in the division (opps that depends on who takes over Leeds and how much they can spend. I wonder too if they will be able to attract decent players to this division - they may get decent players, but only because they are geographically better placed in the country than Forest, but who cares - certainly not you!)
I suppose this summer we will finally be waving goodbye to any players that show the slightest bit of quality and skill like Commons, and perhaps Tyson and Clingan (when they have proved their fitness). I say good riddance, you cant have those types of players in a League One team, you cant play quality football in this division - Scunthorpe, Bristol City, Yeovil, Blackpool, even Oldham may have all done well doing just that this season this season, and yes all of them played us off the park - but hell, they are just luckier than us!
And isn`t Colin Calderwood a great manager. He has such a positive effect on the players and the fans. His League 2 football ethos has adapted well in League one. His tactics, team selections and formations are all ways spot on -
I can now understand why you spent 3-months targeting him. I mean up until this season he had worked wonders at Northampton - yes the highest league position he got for them was third in division four (no wonder he got the Forest job - who else was out there? Roy Keane you say, well he just didn`t have any experience, I bet he will struggle as a manager...eventually!).
You see Colin got Northampton promoted by coming third, and he did that after failing in the play offs twice with them - this shows even though he struggles as a Division four manager, he could get it right one season (fingers crossed without going into the play offs). I really can`t understand why the Northampton fans were so glad to see him go!
Im so glad you brought in David Pleat to help bring him in. He also does a wonderful job at this club, and he must have loved his day out at Chelsea in the FA cup. Im pleased that the manager sees David as a shoulder for the manager to cry on, i bet at the moment David`s jacket is soaking wet. (well it would be, but David is probably in Athens getting ready to watch the European cup. Didn`t we win that twice?)
Anyway, Colin was true to word and he made the season exciting, especially the end of it. Apart from the goalkeeper he took on the side that did well at the end of the season, and sure enough (albeit through a massive slice of luck, which you need in football, we started the season as we finished.
Of course, it wasn`t fair to the rest of the teams that we were 7-points clear and in January, instead of strengthening the side from a position of strength, we didn`t. With im sure guidance from yourself, it was decided its probably best to go back on your word and save your money (you needed as much money as you can to rise up the Sunday Times rich list-- by the way congratulations on your massive rise of £50 million, of all the Chairman in the world - you deserve it for saving Forest!
So it made things exciting and interesting and it gave every team a chance to catch up, which of course they did and we ended up forth. But hey, that was clever; it gave us the chance to earn even more money in a play off leg at home against those no hopers from the west country.
But unfortunately it didn't go to plan, Yeovil didn't lie down and die to the more famous club. No they were lucky on the night and managed to beat us, playing that pesky football. I like the manager and players thought we just had to turn up to win, and it want fair that they were fitter and better prepared than our players—come on we have the best squad in the league, but they are the luckiest!
Oh well, what a successful season. You have made money from the FA cup run, and Play offs. We now have a manager who doesn`t like to spend money, and we can make more money in the summer selling our better players - we dont want Ambitious players at this club. I hope we can keep the likes of Gary Holt and Curtis, Dobie, Breckin, Lester because these players are the future of the club, and im sure will keep us in League one for years to come.
We are still the biggest East Midlands club in League one, isn`t that all that counts?
I hope you have time to read this, and I haven`t interrupted you and Mark working out how much the admission prices need to go up next season to keep up this wonderful squad and level of football the fans have come to expect and demand --- without voicing an opinion!
Who needs ambition and passion on the pitch - it`s all about winning the boardroom battles. I am fully behind you mister Chairman -and your goal to be debt free goal. Who cares if we have become a joke on the pitch, its good to give other fans a laugh at our plight. But the joke will be on the other side of their faces, when we publish our next accounts and we are only £30 million in dept now!!!
Come on you reds and look forward to another great season!
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