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12 Feb 2018 21:27:38
I look at all your posts guys and enjoy the banter .
But can you tell me why you mostly seem confident we have the right manager in Karanka?
And what is so special about him that it's a forgone conclusion that he will succeed?


1.) 12 Feb 2018 23:31:14
Most managers get a response when they take over a toiling club ff79. AK has not and so its bring in the new faces. No gaurantees their either. He was no messiah in my eyes as other than a mixed time at boro i knew little of him and i preferred Gary Monk which i got slaughtered for. Personally i think he will struggle to turn this around. Too much upheaval so soon and getting cohesion so deep into the season with so many new faces is a big ask. He is under immense pressure and for any desperation not to be transmitted onto the pitch is a big ask. As much as the defence needs attention he needs to find goals, that commodity so prescious.

2.) 13 Feb 2018 08:53:47
the real truth with a lot of people on here, you have no patience at all and want to blame the manager all the time. I suppose you are already wanting him out. And that has really worked well for us, I don't think so. Sorry folks but you have for the 100th time of telling you are going to have to give this guy more than a few games.

3.) 13 Feb 2018 09:39:52
Suttonpete that was not the question from the OP. Having a dig at people on here is not engagaging in the banter. I doubt anyone wants yet another change. Ff79 was merely asking a very pertinent qustion. Already AK has made similary decisions that baffle the fans who turn up week in week out. They turn up to get behind the team but are dismayed at what they see. Us on here and the red army just want to see some forward progression. Simples.

4.) 13 Feb 2018 10:09:11
of course that is always the target,banter or not AK is still finding his feet and will make mistakes along the way, and yes its not good at the moment, and has not been for years, except for the odd flurry with the play offs a few years ago.Its just frustrating already to be having a go at the manager.

5.) 13 Feb 2018 10:41:00
Fair enough sutton but based on what you have witnessed thus far do you think Karanka has it to change the fortunes of this utter mess?? Bear jn mind he walked at middlesborough throwing his toys with a good team of players. I would say that his job is now one of the most daunting in our league no doubt.

6.) 13 Feb 2018 11:28:48
with out doubt rutland, karanka has a difficult job. However he is now having to pick up the pieces of what as gone before, and will of course be judged on results. But it has to be a longer term project to turn things around i'm afraid. The one thing I would add is that a strong, vocal and dominant defender is what we are obviously missing along with a proven goal scorer.

7.) 13 Feb 2018 11:39:18
A new manager would normally get time to bring in his own players and let them settle in, However AK has seen what is like a cancer in our dressing room and operated with swift actions trying to get some response from those who are left. Having watched both Preston and Hull games We are is desperate need of a leader on the field. Fox is not a good left back and Mancienne is no captain Osbourne is being asked to do so many jobs he has lost the plot, There were so many people crying for Vellios to play yet when he does he falls over and is no better than Ben Brereton Dowell has gone off the boil since MW was sacked We need a good strong midfield who can win the ball and provide some service to our lone Ranger up front although I would prefer two up front.
I am sure AK will get this sorted given time.

8.) 13 Feb 2018 12:20:57
Thing is every manager has had to pick up the pieces from the previous manager.
It's how well you deal with doing that.
Like Rutland says you normally get a good response when a new manager comes in as they all get a chance again ie: vellios.
But this hasn't happened for some reason.

9.) 13 Feb 2018 14:45:11
Lets be honest and realistic. Our current form and situation is that of a relegation destined team. It could happen but probably won't if AK can install a captain/leader ( watson ) and gets the troops battle hardened and unified. Its time now to play the experience he has drafted in, reconnect with the fans and givd it everything from now is going to take a gargantuan effort but no more pussyfooting around with the wimps.

10.) 13 Feb 2018 16:58:51
I'm in agreement with FF and Rutland.
Krankie has a mountain and a lot of issues to address.
To play a failing squad twice in succession seems a strange tactic.
Yes the slate has been wiped clean but still bizarre?
Picking up the pieces. Yes he is doing just that but so do other managers when a new one is appointed.

A tradesman never blames his tools for poor workmanship and granted Krankie does have some tools in his squad.
I know if I was a professional footballer regardless of who I played for I would give my best each game for the fans and for my team.

The squad at forest should try working for a living in the real world then they maybe they would be humbled into playing their hearts out!
They need a rocket up their rears.

11.) 13 Feb 2018 19:50:38
As far as I'm concerned the owners have panicked all ways up,on paper we might look a better squad?
But the reality is,it's a broken squad.
You need unity and team spirit to succeed,that's all gone.
You can't bring players in like tomlin who has no excuse for being so overweight,it sends out the wrong message.
We all know it's obscene what players earn but that's football and you have to accept it.
Some players won't react to a rollicking they need an arm round them and some do react to a rollicking it's knowing which ones to do that too.
Posters on here are saying give Karanka time.
Karanka didn't give the players time.
Imo it will cost us

12.) 14 Feb 2018 09:01:46
FF79, it’s a fatalistic view but I understand where you are going with it. If there is no spirit we are done. Megson alineated the players and they hated him and each other. I get your point. Davies came with us in the bottom three and galvanised the team and brought in some smart loans and we survived . Time will tell us very soon if what we think the present moment is telling us about AK is correct?

13.) 14 Feb 2018 12:05:33
Exactly 2 star.
All I'm saying is after watching the games so far and more importantly the tactics and lack of team spirit.
I can't get any sort of good feeling factor and don't share the view that Karanka will sort it out.
Yes it's negative thinking from me,buts that's my view on him.
The next two games we cannot lose,doesn't matter if we don't win,we just cannot lose.

14.) 14 Feb 2018 17:07:25
Lets just stop and look who AK has shipped out

Walker - League 1 striker at best

Clough - Cannot play him with Dowell but will be OK next year

Cummings- We cannot wait for him to take 18 months to adapt to Championship football

Ward - Sicknote for hamstrings

Traore - ditto

Carayol - Has never held down a first team slot wherever he has played and cannot stay match fit

Mills - I rest my case!

The biggest threat to team spirit and confidence is having players that cannot stay fit and put a run of games together for a settled pattern or having players in your team who the rest know are not up to Championship quality.

You surely cannot be serious in claiming these players were not given a chance? Karanka knows this league and will have done his homework beforehand.

We need a minimum of 15 points from 15 games so 2 or 3 wins over the next half a dozen games will set us up nicely!

15.) 14 Feb 2018 17:46:22
I agree on mills Carayol and ward.
Disagree on Cummings and walker.
In Cummings and walker we had two strikers who could have given us an option to play 442 and play off the big man in Murphy or vellios and even clough can play that role.
That option has now gone and was a mistake to let all three go,
One or two injuries up front and we have nothing at all.



10 Feb 2018 23:17:04
It was interesting to see the attendance today at 23k
No way was there 23k in the ground.
The travelling support was only half full and there were empty seats everywhere.
In my row alone five regular season die hard didn't turn up.
The fans are leaving in their droves but because they are season card holders it still counts.
Come on marinak8s say something or turn up and watch this dross and sort it out otherwise you won't get 15k next season


1.) 11 Feb 2018 07:48:57
15,000 in league one would be a good attendance.

2.) 11 Feb 2018 11:34:36
What's your obsession with the owner coming to the matches when he's got other people running the club for him??

3.) 11 Feb 2018 12:22:34
You don't buy a house if you don't want to live in it.

4.) 11 Feb 2018 12:57:35
Unless u intend to rent it out



31 Jan 2018 22:16:00
Looks like Watson and colback deals are over the line.


1.) 31 Jan 2018 22:21:21
We could do with Dawson too.



31 Jan 2018 18:04:03
Pantillimon and the Iranian have signed officially




31 Jan 2018 17:21:26
Looks like colback will be signing soon


1.) 31 Jan 2018 17:33:43
He’s Signed. . !

2.) 31 Jan 2018 17:40:56
If that is correct. Great signing.

3.) 31 Jan 2018 17:48:39
According to reports it's 99% done deal




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22 Mar 2018 15:13:54
See the sheep have got away with it.
EFL say they made every effort to play the game.
Utter tosh.
Well done EFL for bottling it.


1.) 22 Mar 2018 21:43:59
Every effort my effort was required as the snow wasn’t even that bad!

2.) 22 Mar 2018 22:38:27
The government have now punished Derby ,they,ve sent Boris round!

3.) 23 Mar 2018 07:25:58

So whose best interest was it in making a decision at 8.30am? Weather conditions improving rapidly since the staged photographs of snow clearing at 6am before the sun's impact felt.

The decision should have been left until 10am if there was any serious intention to play the game but of course that would not have suited TV leaving it too late to reschedule their programmes?

Cardiff fans were up for an early start in any event and it does not take 2 hours for sheep to come down from the hills to the slaughter house!

EFL trot out the usual "lessons have been learnt" claptrap and reminding DCFC of their obligations and need for better communication! Code for they got their risk assessment paperwork and consultation timing to suit the decision they had already made overnight for football reasons and presented au fait accomplis to stakeholders.

When are people charged with running football actually going to stand up and show some leadership and bottle in doing their job?

{Ed001's Note - probably about the same time Derby County win the Premier League next.....}

4.) 23 Mar 2018 07:35:02
Red, it would have taken them longer to walk down last week because they’d be rescuing their sheep that gathered against the stones to shelter from he snow only to be buried in 6ft snow drifts ?

5.) 23 Mar 2018 18:23:47
Yew would be amazed how quickly they run down the hill for the tickets they have to give away to keep their inflated average attendance up?

6.) 23 Mar 2018 22:05:15
Faster than a ewe running from a ravenous spondon shepherd ?



18 Mar 2018 23:33:27
Cardiff can manage to turn up but it wasn't safe for the sheep's fans blah blah .
I live within 6 miles of that place and there wasn't one inch of snow outside.
Sky should ban them and hit them in the pocket .
The only game to be called off in the whole leagues except gillingham9.
Disgracefull and they've embarased themselves and Warnock,quite rightly has pulled them to pieces for having and making no intention of the game going ahead


1.) 19 Mar 2018 06:25:59
And they’ve chicjkened out for all the reasons mentioned .

2.) 19 Mar 2018 07:03:11
How can they call the game off and in the same tweet say the megastore is still open and they hope to see fans there!!!! If it’s that bad they call the game off surly the shop would be shut on the same health and safety grounds!
It defo had nothing to do with them having injuries and suspensions.all the cardiff had got to brum before the game was called off.
There’s bottling it and there's bottling it.

3.) 19 Mar 2018 13:01:11
I wonder if the game would of been off had Cardiff had an injury crisis.Doubt it very much!

4.) 19 Mar 2018 20:22:06
They can't pull the wool over our eyes! 🐑🐑🐑



17 Mar 2018 14:34:38
I don't believe it 442.
At last two up front.


1.) 17 Mar 2018 15:12:57
4 3 3 I’d say mate.

3 man midfield holding deep Colback Watson cash. Dowell floating - looks ok on paper

2.) 17 Mar 2018 15:39:36
From the commentary I hear Dowell is doing nothing but giving the ball away.

3.) 17 Mar 2018 15:51:47
It’s 4-4-2.dowell has been poor.
Ppl who are calling Murphy a donkey is bang out of order,what have donkeys done to be put in the same class as him?
Murphys agent must be the best in the land or warbo and his sidekick must be the most gullible people in the world.stuck with him for 3years yes that right 3 years he can’t run at 34 so what’s he going to be like when he’s 36-37?

4.) 17 Mar 2018 16:00:17
4-4-2 a good response to the Blunts 3 at the back to exploit space and lack of pace.
Has 1-0 all over it but which way?

5.) 17 Mar 2018 16:03:12
The strikers aren't getting any service from midfield so far.

6.) 17 Mar 2018 17:02:23
That’s really not relevant as the strikers wouldn’t know what to do if they got it. More than likely be offside or fall over!



13 Mar 2018 22:09:20
Lots of comments over the last few days with football styles .
West ham one up and midfield not backing up the striker,ex pros saying you can see it's not working.
Man Utd playing at home and doing same negative two holding midfielders.and all four panellists saying it's not working and inviting the opposition to score which they did.
The only side I've seen who can play this is man city and that's because every midfield player can score and does.
System is ok if you have man city's quality,but most don't have it and most fans don't want to see it ,you can't score unless you have teal quality not just up front,but every midfielder has to score as well.
Scrap the system Karanka it won't work unless you can sign a 20 million striker and two 10 million midfielders who can get 10 goals each.
It's not a poor man's system


1.) 13 Mar 2018 22:55:01
Well you've just contradicted yourself by stating that it doesn't work for Man U and to work you need a £20m striker and two £10m midfielders. In that case can you kindly explain why £75m Lukaku and £85m Pogba etc etc CAN'T seem to get it right? Or do they sometimes get it right but not always? Same goes for the 5 goals against QPR. It worked that afternoon but not against Norwich or Derby. Why? Well because football isn't a science. There's no guaranteed formula, is there. How come Wigan beat Man C? Because they worked out a formula or their players stuck their foot in with more desire and had nothing to lose that day. I think you're overreaching with your theory that 1 up front hardly ever works. We'd all love to see three up front and six goals a game, but that'll never get you out of this league. 21 clean sheets in a season will, because AK's done it before.

2.) 13 Mar 2018 23:29:31
Exactly it don't work or very rearly.
Even with those man Utd riches what chance with ours?
It's boring to watch and you don't see goals.
What have we seen so far in 5 /6 home games?2 goals?
We'll be lucky to see two more this season we simply don't have the players to play it

3.) 14 Mar 2018 00:13:32
Df as taught Karanka well lol 😂

4.) 14 Mar 2018 07:22:25
Our strikers aren't good enough regardless of the system. AK will know this and additions will be made in the summer. If you don't have the personnel to score many goals, objective number one has to be to stop conceding goals, well done AK.

5.) 14 Mar 2018 08:42:03
Well gazza we'll never know if our strikers are good enough playing as a pair? Cus he won't try it.

6.) 14 Mar 2018 12:27:58
Can’t believe some of the comments on here. we have just got a new manager only 2 months ago.
In that time he has stopped the rot our defence was getting worse it’s now far better
The football the team was playing was getting worse now the performances are infinitely more consistent we don’t look easy to beat anymore.
I actually look forward to the matches again, 2 months ago I wasn’t.

10 new players have been brought in the manager has actually managed to bed the players in that would have been difficult in pre season
I could go on.
This is only the beginning.

7.) 14 Mar 2018 12:33:43
He won’t try it because I presume
he sees what they can do every day in training.
If they can’t perform in training why would you pick them on match day ?

8.) 14 Mar 2018 12:33:47
QPR 2 v Forest 5 seemed to work very nicely when everyone clicked with AK's system so that puts that theory to bed?
No flies on me FF79!

9.) 14 Mar 2018 13:15:07
Polsker he won't try it end of ever.
Only plays the one system.
And yes red while it worked against QPR.
It failed against the sheep,Burton Norwich hull.
Managers know how he will set up and play tactics to stop it knowing that he won't change it during a game.

10.) 15 Mar 2018 10:39:32
When people mention 5-2 against QPR they forget that Warburtons system managed to give them a good hiding as well. Just saying.



11 Mar 2018 16:28:59
Two boring managers playing boring football


1.) 11 Mar 2018 16:48:25
How many managers play expansive football, and how many of those are successful.

Did you notice how yet again the officials gave bookings to Forest players that were not given to Derby players for the same type of challenges.

Were we great no, are we getting better, Hell Yes.

2.) 11 Mar 2018 16:48:40
These boring points keep you up and keep you away from the bottom 3. Poor game yes, unbeaten run continues,yes.Mid table most were happy with clearly in sight ☝🏻☝🏻

3.) 11 Mar 2018 17:40:06
We weren't going to be relegated perks,They needed the points more than us and we never tried or struck a blow.
Down to ten men and we still play one up top and a defensive midfield then bring on a striker and take one off.
Poor tactics and not what fans want to see,got em on the ropes then let em off by not going for it.

4.) 11 Mar 2018 17:57:26
Boring or not (which it would of been worse under warbo) we are unbeaten in 6 games which is 4more than warbo ever is being unbeaten a bad thing?o and how many clean sheets have we kept since karanka took charge and how many did we keep under 10months of warbo?i bet there not far off the same.

5.) 11 Mar 2018 18:23:38
They are 5th in the league! Yes we didn't create a deal but to say we didn't try I find amazing.Goalkeeper made 2 or 3 good saves with defenders and midfielders throwing themselves in front of shots.The desire to not concede was clear to see.

6.) 11 Mar 2018 18:34:26
There 5th in the league but haven’t won for 6 games they were there for the taking today but nothing up front well done ☝️

7.) 11 Mar 2018 19:07:14
I'm not arguing who is where or whatever.
If you like watching that as a football match and the one before then enjoy,fill your boots,it's awfull ask any football fan outside and they probably turned it off after twenty minutes.
2 goals at home under Karanka,that's not acceptable and doesn't look like changing.
Needs more positivty and flexibility can't say I see that in Karanka locker.

8.) 11 Mar 2018 19:10:05
Well he didn’t play that clown Velios Skeggs as you call him so what ya wingeing about?? We had nothing up front because your man brereton couldn’t trap a bag of sand , his first touch is crap and his shooting is way beyond crap. He isn’t a striker, he just isn’t.

9.) 11 Mar 2018 19:30:01
Billy if you read my posts I don’t rate any of our strikers

10.) 11 Mar 2018 19:42:56
There’s always a few games a season like the one today especially in local derbies .
Any regular fan will accept that ,
It’s never going to be full on attacking/entertaining game every week.
Sometimes result more important than the pure entertainment.
I for one am happy with the improvement.
Yes we need the attack sorting and I have every confidence in AK to do that come the summer.
He could never have changed a whole team in one transfere window

11.) 11 Mar 2018 21:11:01
Amen to that Polskared!




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22 Mar 2018 23:48:44
Where's home?
Gone from club to club on loan tried to be one of the big boys,but simply not good enough for the prem.
Made his money we aren't in his wages league so not happening anyway.




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21 Mar 2018 22:29:34
No no no not Jordan Rhoads.
Only scored 13 goals in last two seasons,can't hold the ball up to bring the midfield into play and is we'll past his sell by date,hopefully his daft wages will put us off.
Been no good since his Blackburn days.




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21 Mar 2018 09:00:42
No it just means that it's not always the best players on paper that make the best teams.
A few weeks ago not many on here would have wanted a back four of darikwa tobias fox and Osborn.
Because of injuries and illness it was forced on karanka to play them and they've done a good job so far and you don't change a formula that's working.
Fox will face suspension soon and it will be interesting to see if we're solid still with that change.
Personally I think we will be as with Watson and colback they get plenty of cover.
The only downside to playing two holding midfielders is it cuts down the creative options.




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20 Mar 2018 23:12:57
Got two very good enforcers in front of him and a very good central defender alongside,that might have something to do with it?




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17 Mar 2018 23:56:31
Got to agree Fred it shouldn't work on paper but it is.
That's football for you Fred we can all day play Eric he's far better than darikwa? Play anyone except fox as he's crapp?
But sometimes it works as they have an understanding that the so called better players don't.
Can't knock the defensive side of the team.





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22 Mar 2018 23:28:59
Lam was prone to a lot of mistakes
Remember his debut against Burton
Scored a great goal but gave away two and continued to give goals away.
Too lightweight for me and same goes for clough and grant.
Karanka seems to like tall physical players and to be honest so does Warnock Bruce and Pullis and it's got them to the big time.
Lam has been tried and would be a step backwards.
We won't be signing expensive players anyway as they command expensive wages.
We need to get at least ten out of the door and lam is one of them he's not even as good as boukalakis and he needs offloading as well.




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22 Mar 2018 07:49:54
As it stands we have 34 players plus 4 loans in first team squad and that's not sustainable.
Take away Hobbs ward Henderson Cohen and Vaughan Fuentes dedeggah.
Still leaves 27 which is too large,so there will be a lot of departures.
Appiah Yates gomis edser aren't ready for this league and a promotion push,which is what is required by the owners,so he will buy.
He'll probably get pants on a free as he fourth choice and not wanted at Watford.
Then he'll sign a right back a left back centre back winger two midfielders and two strikers imo.
Eric traore manciene walker clough vellios Murphy Cummings ariybi evtimov boukalakis and maybe McKay will be moved on to make way for these new players who will most likely be proven championship players.
The kids coming through will have to wait as it's the premier that's the required goal and they won't get us there.




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21 Mar 2018 21:37:14
Perks the thing with clough for me is, the first few games he looked the part, but for whatever reason he's been shocking when selected this term, McKay started the season brilliantly and has an eye for a killer pass and can score, it's just his inconsistency. me I'd let clough go and keep McKay and if cash is out for a few weeks I'd like to see him given a go, but he needs to show his early season form to convince Karanka imo.




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21 Mar 2018 16:30:25
They're not going to cost a fortune that's for sure,we won't pay top wages and quality players demand a top wage,That's just football.
Think it will depend on how many he can off load first.
The squad will need reducing by at least ten plus Vaughan and Cohen and Hobbs and ward going,think there will be a massive cull as quite a few aren't good enough.
Some youngsters will be given frees as well,evtimov Lacovitti Walters aryibi aren't going to make it at this level.
Karanka is in a good position if he can get money for clough Eric manciene vellios grant McKay Cummings traore and even cash in on Worrall.
Think a lot will depend on that happening first it will free up a lot in wages as well.
There will be a lot of transfer activity this summer I believe,the likes we've never seen before




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20 Mar 2018 23:08:17
Like it hog, they're just a small town in Burton.