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July 18, 2012

Sean O’Driscoll’s Red and White army?

The former Donny boss will have the Reds playing attractive football – image from thisisnottingham.co.uk

The odds on Sean O’Driscoll succeeding Steve Cotterill as Nottingham Forest manager have plummeted during the last couple of hours after it emerged that the Crawley Town boss has held talks with the Reds’ owners over the vacant position at the City Ground. O’Driscoll spent some time on Trentside in the second half of last season as part of Cotterill’s coaching staff and could be on course for a return to Forest after holding talks with the club’s new Kuwaiti owners the Al-Hasawis. The former Doncaster Rovers manager is now the bookies’ second favourite for the Forest post, behind Glenn Hoddle. Promising news.

Forest fans would likely welcome a move for O’Driscoll, whose Doncaster side has played arguably the best football against the Reds (certainly up there with playoff conquerors Swansea City and Blackpool anyway) during the past four seasons. It’s also fair to say that Forest’s fortunes took a turn for the better from January, while the football was greatly improved with O’Driscoll working alongside Cotterill, without wishing to overlook the former Notts County gaffer’s contribution of course! O’Driscoll likes his teams to play football on the ground, which will suit Forest and will certainly be gladly received by the Reds’ supporters. With money to spend on quality players and rumours (although perhaps wishful thinking is more accurate) of Glenn Hoddle taking up a Director of Football post to develop the academy, O’Driscoll would be an excellent appointment.

Former City Ground favourite Billy Davies is also being talked about (no surprise there) and is as short as 8/1 with some bookies, while Neil Warnock’s name is also being bandied about this afternoon. It’s fairly safe to assume that the majority of Forest fans would be delighted should either Billy or Colin get the nod from the Al-Hasawis. There are no better managers at Championship level than Billy Davies and Neil Warnock. To quote Rafa Benítez, these are facts. Even if you’re not massively keen on Warnock, O’Driscoll or Billy, after having a word with yourself, surely you’d have to concede that they are much more suited to Forest than some of the no-marks that have been touted for the role in recent days.

Let’s be honest, since the names Paul Ince and Gordon Strachan emerged, even the appointment of Colin Calderwood would come as a huge relief to Forest fans..



About the Author

CG
CG
Nottingham Forest fan and staff writer for FootballFansOnline




5 Comments


  1. CG
    CG

    Update: No smoke without fire of course, but Crawley chairman Alan Williams insists the rumours are bull sugar and O’Driscoll is going nowhere.


  2. FORESTLOVES CHOCOLATE

    FOR GODS SAKE THERE IS ONLY ONE MAN FOR THE JOB……………….
    BILLY THE MAN DAVIES
    YES .I WILL REPEAT BILLY THE MAN DAVIES
    GET HIM IN NOW.
    STOP MESSING ABOUT.
    HODDLE COULD PLAY FOOTBALL,BUT COULD, NOT MANAGE,
    KEANE,!!!JOKE
    McCARTHY,PHEW THANK GOD HE REFUSED,HE WOULD HAVE BUILT A TEAM AROUND SOME TWO BIT PLAYERS HIS GRANNY RECOMMENDED FROM IRELAND,AS HE DID AT WOLVES.
    BILLY DAVIES IS OUR MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HE IS “ICONIC” AND A TRUE FOREST MAN,GET HIM BACK NOW!!!!!!!!!!


    • CG
      CG

      I would certainly love to have Billy back. Although he had his faults, and not everyone would be delighted to see him back at the City Ground, he was the best manager we’ve had, arguably since Cloughie. The football was the best it had been in years and he got us to two playoff semis (which was probably an over achievement with the squad he had). Had he been properly backed in the 2010 and 2011 January windows we probably would have gone a step further and made it to the Premier League.

      So you’d think if the new owners gave him money to spend, he’d be a great appointment and popular with most of the fans and the players. He ticks pretty much all the boxes: good knowledge of the division; popular with the fans; plays the game in the right way. There definitely aren’t too many managers better than Billy at Championship level.

      But i’m not holding out much hope for him returning, especially while Mark Arthur is still at the club. We need to accept that it’s unlikely and move on. It’s a shame and certainly worrying when you consider we’ve had the likes of Alex McLeish and Gordon Strachan linked with the job. Even Hoddle starts to look like an attractive prospect when you consider some of the others who have been touted.

      I’d be delighted with either Billy, Warnock or O’Driscoll. Unfortunately, despite what the bookies have been saying, they’re probably all long shots. They’re even saying Harry Redknapp’s back in the frame. And Sven.


  3. peter bardill

    Everyone has an opinion,leave out Hoddle,Sven,etc.O,Driscol,Davies for me.


    • CG
      CG

      Yeah, i’m not hugely keen on Hoddle. He will try to play good football and might be good with the young players but he’s been out of the game for a while and he didn’t exactly set the world alight at Wolves. Billy or Neil Warnock would be great but unfortunately neither look likely at the minute.

      O’Driscoll would be a decent appointment, although Steve Coppell’s name has also come up today and Harry Redknapp is rumoured to be back in the frame. I’d be happy with either, especially as the odds on Sven appear to be shortening!



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