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The Comedy of Errors

Left Brian: August

9 August 07 words: NFFC Blog
"I expect a strong start, a terrible winter and a sense that we’re consigned to the playoffs again at some point towards the end of March. Again"
If your team's performance last season  was a pub in town, what would it be?
The Pitcher and Piano – a grand old edifice converted to a base level of entertainment.  Former glories are disregarded as folks pile in to binge drink and (until recently) smoke the place into a frenzy of distastefulness.  Also, where it really matters, there’s not enough width and too few staff on hand to meet the expectations of a demanding crowd.

Best moment of last season?
Pre-Christmas was nice – we were top for most of that.

Worst moment of at season?
When Arron Davies scored the decisive goal to end our chance of going to the playoff final after THAT shameful performance at the City Ground.

Player of the year?
James Perch – flexible and energetic. He’s going to have a struggle on his hands to retain a midfield role this season, though.

Dead 'oss of the year?
Most would say Gary Holt, but the overriding contributor was the manager.  Smoulds let people go in January who he didn’t replace, and it cost us big time.  Also his tactics were overly negative and questionable at really key points.  This coming season is his chance to make amends – with his own team – and I expect him to grasp the nettle and go for it.

If your manager was a member of your family, who would he be?
A suave single uncle, who - despite there being no evidence or reason for it - fellow family members feel uncomfortable leaving their children with.


What's the preseason been like for your club?
Positive. The squad are off training in Austria, and have a mixture of challenging and decent preseason games.  I’m still not sure of the sensibility of playing the Sheep though.

Any new players?
We’ve picked up Neil Lennon (who will provide much needed leadership), Matt Lockwood (an energetic attacking left back), Chris Cohen (creative central midfielder), and Arron Davies (who can operate on either flank or upfront – and caused havoc in the playoffs against us.  If nothing else, we should have put a dent in Yeovil’s season).


Who have you got shot of?
Plenty, and I don’t think we’ll miss many of them.  Jack Lester, Rune Pedersen, John Thompson, Ross Gardner, Spencer Weir-Daley are probably the most notable ones.  Which just goes to show how much chaff we’d accumulated.


Any kit changes?
We have lost the ‘just like watching Brazil’ yellow monstrosity in favour of a more tasteful white away kit.  Our third kit will apparently change from navy blue to black, although that’s unconfirmed.


What's the stupidest thing in yur club shop?
Endless postcards of players long since departed, which you wouldn’t have wanted even when they were still Forest players – let alone now we’re finally shot of them…


At what precise date will you realise the season is shagged beyond repair?
I expect a strong start, a terrible winter and a sense that we’re consigned to the playoffs again at some point towards the end of March. Again.

Give our incoming students a reason why they should come to your ground
You can sit in the intoxicating atmosphere of the City Ground for a mere £10 if you’re an NUS card holder.  Admittedly you’ll be in the Upper Clough stand where there is more atmosphere in a library, but it’s cheap.

Say summat nice about your rival club
Does that mean I have to pretend Notts are a rival club?  Oh, erm… well, I don’t mind the Pies, and with a superlative former-Forest strikeforce of Spencer Weir-Daley and Jason Lee, surely they’ll take League Two by storm?


Forest and Notts should really merge abd play in a nice new megabowl in Clifton, shouldn't they?
I don’t see the benefit in a merge.  Both sides have grounds that are more than sufficient for their likely needs over coming years – but given that it’ll take around 7-8 years to get through planning to construction then perhaps a bit of forward planning is in order.  I wouldn’t want a merge, under any circumstances – as I’m sure most Notts fans wouldn’t – and really I wouldn’t want a ground share either.

Where are you finishing this season?
I'd love it, love it if we finished top.  We really should, we really need to - but well, we're masters at underachieving at late.  I would like to think we will limp home in 2nd place to get promoted, but I seriously fear a slow start will cost us (caused by a lack of firepower up front) and we could well find ourselves staring at the playoffs again.

In the aftermath of that friendly at Meadow Lane, has the forest-notts rivalry gone a bit dark?
I think the one-sided disdain will continue, as it has done since a certain Mr Clough elevated us above our dear neighbours, I imagine that Forest fans have forgotten about the existence of Notts (aside from amusing chances to listen to Colin Slater), and the likelihood of us not renewing preseason fixtures means this will probably remain.  Some of our 14 year old chav supporters might well reminisce ongoing about their foray onto the Meadow Lane turf, but hopefully people who know better will give them a well deserved cuff 'round the head.

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