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08 Feb 2019 13:42:01
Just playing devil's advocate here. We were told that the owners expected us to be in the top 2 after the backing AK received, or minimum of top 6. Promotion is still expected this season, and it's fair to say results under MON have mirrored that of the previous manager. Therefore if we don't get a win against Brentford, is MON under pressure, and will his job be on the line? Those cynical amongst us will say MON was only given the job to appease the fans. Another defeat sees us slip away further from the top 6, so does that trigger our revolving door on managers again? How much time do we think MON has to turn the team around?


1.) 08 Feb 2019 14:14:07
I think he’s gone in the summer

2.) 08 Feb 2019 15:36:59
Think he’ll be gone before then if results don’t go our way Redtree. His dated style of football won’t cut the mustard and he’ll either walk or get a Maranakis bullet.

3.) 08 Feb 2019 16:29:59
What his dated style 1 up front like that modern coach karanka played you mean??

4.) 08 Feb 2019 16:57:02
Blimey guys - sounds like you’ve given up already.

5.) 08 Feb 2019 17:29:54
Sounds like most of your pints are half empty, mine on the other hand is half full, if it doesn’t go to plan under MON, there will be a massive clearance in the summer and we’ll get rid of some dead wood around the club, only then will we see a change in our fortunes, Marinakis is no fool, and soon he will realise he’s been taken for one.

6.) 08 Feb 2019 18:07:02
Some of them sound as if they've had too many pints Demis.

7.) 08 Feb 2019 18:42:45
Hang on Stevie f, i ain’t no Krankie lover.

8.) 08 Feb 2019 20:09:08
TAP never said you was mate,but people keep going on about his ‘ dated football, but not specifing why it’s dated, compared to all the modern coaches who play the same set up,

9.) 08 Feb 2019 20:45:05
Well I'm looking forward to a victory tomorrow,going to blow the froth off a few with my pals watch us win and then go and sink a few more beers and then celebrate on the train home with a bottle of red.😀😀🍻🍻🍻🍷🍷🍷

10.) 08 Feb 2019 23:28:28
I’m sure if the results don’t come Maranakis will want to know why the 20 million he shelled out are sat on the bench.Murdoch you’ve hit the nail on the head with that post.

11.) 08 Feb 2019 23:38:19
Perks when the 20 million he shelled out were on the pitch,we still couldn't put two wins together,so what's new ?? 🤔

12.) 09 Feb 2019 00:14:04
Well someone needs hitting on the head and a nail would be a bonus,
Well? I needed "perking up" 😁😁😁

13.) 09 Feb 2019 10:08:35
'Can't string 2 wins together' and yet you're 'looking forward to a win'? Is that because we're in a 'lose one, win one cycle' FF? Brentford bogey team are likely to upset a full house again. A draw is the best you can hope for. I'd love to be wrong and Forest go above the minging Villa.😁👍



05 Sep 2018 13:30:34
I know AK is under a lot of criticism right now, for results, style of play and team selection. If he only has a handful of games left to turn this around, if he gets sacked, there is every chance a new manager will follow the same tactics. If we look at our last three managers, they have all tried to play out from the back, have 5 in midfield with one uptop, and have all played players out of position. It would seem if you want a 442 system, you are looking at old school managers like Warnock or big Sam. My point therefore is if AK goes, there is every chance we will be served up the same offerings. Personally I am undecided as to what the issue is. Is it the formation, or is our squad just not as good as we think it is?


1.) 05 Sep 2018 14:20:55
The issue is that the boss is not picking the players based on form.

Cash is on fire and gets dropped. Every time Osbourne is not in the team we look useless. The boss drops Osbourne. Murphy is scoring goals and the boss picked an off form Grabban (until he got a knock.)

Bridcutt came into the side and played really well? Watson plays two bad games and is obviously off-form. The managers response was to drop Bridcutt and play the off-form player.

These decisions are idiotic. Not good enough. If you don't play a player when they are on form in place of an off-form player there are two consequences. The team is likely to lose. The players are demotivated because they don't even get a game when they are obviously playing better than other.

If the manager carries on with this selection policy then he is a muppet!

2.) 05 Sep 2018 14:57:50
The Watson one is a simple answer, Watson is his captain. Grabban getting games is political because he’s spent £6m on him. I think people just need to get perspective on the whole situation.

Formations follow a meta game x formation beats y formation but y formation beats z formation which beats formation x. 4-4-2 is an old school formation, it’s balanced and allows for partnerships. 4-2-3-1 is a defensive formation aimed at breaking up play and counter attacking. My personal favourite is Liverpool’s 4-3-3 which relies on wing backs and 2 central midfielders providing width with the 2 inside forwards playing as wide strikers stretching the channels and a false nine occupying the pocket of space. I think we should adopt this formation personally but we don’t have the players to do it.

3.) 05 Sep 2018 15:10:33
Get rid of ak and bring big sam in that simples😆

4.) 05 Sep 2018 15:21:36
Well said Floresta , I would personally go y to the power of x ( x + y ) - y ( x - y ) I think that should sort it out

5.) 05 Sep 2018 15:23:04
My perspective is that it is the manager's job to pick the best team to get us promoted. If he can't do that then he is a plonker and will wind up getting the sack.

6.) 05 Sep 2018 15:24:09
And it isn't formations that win games. Players do. Work out who your best players are and find a system that allows them to play to their strengths. That is what a good manager will do.

7.) 05 Sep 2018 15:29:41
Fliresta totally agree,wether you like Liverpool or not they are a joy to watch and a succesfull formula.
Karankas could learn off klopp that you can play attractive football and succeed.

8.) 05 Sep 2018 17:32:10
Liverpool do play nice football in that formation but MR.Karanka(correct name used as I do not wish to offend) plays from the back and side to side.
As a lot of you have said the next 4 games are his chance to turn things around or he will be gone.
Surely he isn't oblivious to what's happening?
If fans can see things surely MR.Karanka can also.

9.) 05 Sep 2018 17:57:36
Floresta So let me get it right, because the manager has made Watson captain, spent £6m on Grabban Aitor plays them when fit.?

I thought being a manager was about picking his best 11, and players in form to bring success to a club, not keep picking players because they are his mates or he does not want to lose face.

Not many of us like Aitor's 4231 formation but Aitor favours that formation, because he is a do not lose and not a go for the win type manager.

Like someone else has said play to your players strengths, or bring in players you know their strengths suit your formation, sadly Aitor has done neither.

10.) 05 Sep 2018 19:04:27
As everyone is repeating themselves I'll have a go. Maybe he is playing the same style and using the same tactics from experience that achieved a playoff final and following season 2nd place.Im not saying he's right or wrong but if you were in his shoes and achieved success doing things a certain way would you not carry on with that theory?

11.) 05 Sep 2018 19:32:40
Interesting debate on formations and the one up front issue.

The regular 4-4-2 merchants Sheff Wed QPR Brum Bristol Millwall Reading are not exactly setting the league alive and free scoring.

Only Direby and Brentford regularly set up with 4-3-3

The free scoring teams WBA and Sheff Utd both play 3-4-1-2 or Leeds 4-1-4-1

The rest are usually playing 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-1-1

We now have the personnel to match up WBA, Sheff Utd or Leeds. AK has the nouse to tweak his line up especially at home to play a more expansive game higher up the pitch.

Let the games begin!

12.) 05 Sep 2018 20:06:12
You could be on to something there red so what your saying his karankas formation is the right one and all the good teams are playing this formation 🤔except we aren't one of the good teams playing this formation because we can't play that way with some of the players he keeps choosing so we might as well play 4 4 2 because this bloke hasn't got a clue what he's doing lol next please taxi for kranky😆

13.) 05 Sep 2018 21:43:03
Quick call dg taxis

14.) 05 Sep 2018 21:58:08

I'm just putting a few facts out there. How you conclude "what I'm saying" is beyond me but then again I have you down as a 4-4-2 merchant?

The facts suggest we would be better playing with either 3 at the back now we have 3 strong quality centre backs or now we have signed a strong deep lying playmaker we can play one holding midfielder and 4 further up the park closer to the centre forward.

AK has more of a clue than you give him credit for and will tweak his system and selections in the coming weeks. He changed it at Boro so what makes you think he will not do it with his new squad?

15.) 05 Sep 2018 23:47:36
If the facts suggest we would be better playing 3 at the back ?
Which I agree with, then why haven't we seen it in 29 games so far?
You say he's flexible?
Looks as flexible as concrete when it comes to tactics.
His tactics are set in stone and very predictable.
I admire your loyalty to karanka red and hope you prove me wrong and he is succesfull and I'll be the first to pay homage, but alas my friend that's very unlikely to happen.

16.) 06 Sep 2018 01:50:35
the biggest problem is we have too many players



23 May 2018 21:03:54
I seem to remember when we were in the middle of our financial difficulties, Mel Morris took delight in pretending to have interest in a couple of our players. I would find it rather amusing now if we were to slip a cheeky bid in for any of their better players! I'm sure Mel would appreciate the gesture!


1.) 24 May 2018 03:20:46
It would be funny Murdoch.Theres probably only Lawrence I'd be interested in to be fair.

2.) 24 May 2018 09:17:15
Not vydra?

3.) 24 May 2018 09:57:51
He's probably off to Stoke but yes he'd be worth a go.



13 Apr 2018 13:59:03
It has been an interesting week reading everyone's opinions on our current and past Managers. I do have a question for you all, and would be interested to see the responses. From our current starting 11, how many, if any would walk straight into one of the teams currently in the top 6? I would say none, and it kind of highlights the gap of where we are now, and where we want to be.


1.) 13 Apr 2018 14:09:15
Think your right there murdoch,but then if you were to look at Millwall team man for man,then it could be argued we have better individuals than them?
It's not necessarily the best players that make a good team it's how they gel and how confident they are in there own ability and confidence in their teammates and the ability of the manager to get the best best out of each player.

2.) 13 Apr 2018 15:01:29
Agreed FF.
Afraid I agree with you too Murdoch. A couple might make squad players. Toby and possibly Lolly.

3.) 13 Apr 2018 15:27:43
Maybe Pants ? !

4.) 13 Apr 2018 20:18:38
Yes the manager is the key, what a job Harris has done . Despite an embarrassing quantity of attempts we can’t get it right can we?

5.) 13 Apr 2018 20:49:10
Thing is 2 star if you look at the table at the start of January they were a place below us.
Just shows what a great job Harris has done

6.) 13 Apr 2018 21:06:25
I'd say Watson plenty of experience and there is always room for a solid defensive midfielder

7.) 13 Apr 2018 22:04:55
Interesting that so few names offered up here. Reality is a high mid table finish next season would be improvement! I agree with the Millwall comment. Team spirit, and playing for each other makes a big difference. The other issue for us is we haven't had a decent spine of a team to build around for years.

8.) 13 Apr 2018 23:03:59
Reality for us is one thing the owners will want more than that I'm afraid.
You can see that in the signings,it's old pros with no thought for the future.
Personally I'd rather watch us build something and do well for a couple of seasons and get there with a sound base to keep us there.
No point getting there to get stuffed week in and out

9.) 13 Apr 2018 23:11:52
Millwall captain Morrison was on the radio the other night. His main reasons for success this season if I remember right was team spirit,their style of play,being a new team to the league,other teams not knowing much about them and low wages stating some championship players are on astronomical amounts compared to them.



08 Jan 2018 13:35:20
Well, I enjoyed going to work this morning, and not getting the knowing looks about not mentioning the football, or having people commiserating with you. This result has really put us on the map again, and people talking about how well we played and what a result it was! I was a proud Forest fan this morning, and hopefully this could be a turning point I our fortunes!


1.) 08 Jan 2018 16:22:57
Same here mate. I walked in this morning. arms aloft!!! Boy it felt good!!! Hopefully I can do that a few more times this season FTID!!!




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12 Dec 2018 13:39:37
RIE, your memory of Ian Wright is different to mine! Didn't we sign him at the very end of his career, and he only came because Platt was in charge? Then he did very little and left? I could be wrong, but don't remember it as being good times! And a no for Defoe, too old now. Would rather we looked at strikers in their early 20's that can play now, and make the step up to the PL!




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30 Nov 2018 13:40:05
Pants was rooted to his spot for a couple of the goals which was a bit embarrassing to watch as a fan. For a man of his stature you'd expect him to command and dominate the box, but he's the exact opposite. He plays like a netball player, as in one step, and if he can't reach it with an outstretched hand, it's a goal! I'm afraid his goalkeeping will cost us points this season.




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13 Nov 2018 13:48:18
Didn't Gary Brazil sign Ariyibi, so you'd think he must have seen some potential? I would be tempted to put him on the bench and give him a 15 minute cameo to see what he can do.




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13 Nov 2018 13:44:57
Interesting points Munmad, but AK really pursued Watson, so would he want rid so soon? I do agree with you though, we now have better players so could be moved on. Bridcutt, not sure if he will go. If Watson leaves, colback doesn't sign then we need him. Yates has had no game time, so can't see AK suddenly picking him. I'm not Murphy's biggest fan, but he does give us another option. Can't see him going soon. I agree with you on Soudani. He may have scored a lot of goals, but when you look at the opposition he scored against, and the quality of his goals, the championship is gulf of class apart. Cash has been one of better performers this year, would have to be a crazy offer for him to go. I think we need a striker, creative midfield, and left back. Would also consider bringing Jordan Smith back in, as he's a better shot stopper than Pants.




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24 Aug 2018 13:30:09
The thing is guys I could understand you saying this if we were in QPR's position, but as things stand we are 4 points off the top, and have played some good teams! There are valid points with performance's and defence, which hopefully will only get better. I don't think we should be dropping the new signings, as they are better than what we had. With the old guard in, those battling draws we got, would probably have been defeats last season. If we beat Birmingham on Saturday, we will be well up in the mix! COYR





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10 Feb 2019 20:53:05
That would be "smashing" if you could do that Rogie!




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06 Feb 2019 21:30:22
You say ridiculous, but then qualify it by saying you want to be entertained each week. So to define being entertained that is beating the opposition comfortably each week, and thus rules out the scrappy odd goal wins? I'm sorry to say we don't have the squad for entertaining football, and haven't done so for a good few years.

As for the comment about RK'S managerial credentials, that's just outrageous! The man is such a liability, no other club has offered him a job in his own right, and seemingly you only take a punt on him if MON is there to keep him in check. I certainly would say RK has a management career of any note.




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06 Feb 2019 13:52:38
The thing people forget is our squad in recent seasons has been thread bare, and has mainly been made up from free signings and loans. AK assembled a bigger squad, which was better than what we had. It was by no means full of world beating players, and I know some fans were angry that we weren't battering teams 4-0 each week, but AK had that team around the top 6, which is progress on where we have been in recent seasons. Now we have MON who is nothing more than a safe pair of hands to sit out 18 months, and RK who is just a liability, and shouldn't be around any first team. The squad has never been good enough for top 6 under the last 3 managers, this is not going to change over night. The sad fact remains we just need to let one manager have a go at building a decent team that can challenge at the top.




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06 Feb 2019 13:37:49
We are, but they have just come into a bit of form, so any points from this game would be a great result.




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04 Feb 2019 13:28:53
Sorry guys, but Eric was just a very average player. If he was this world beating right back, why did Villa let him go?! We need better players to be successful, unfortunately, we are still looking for that in the RB position.