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..