This is arguably Forest’s best chance of promotion for a long time, this season expectations are higher than ever as everyone (including the bookmakers) are tipping us to finally master those automatic promotion slots.
Billy Davies has seemingly done it all at the club, since he took the reigns on new years day of 2009.
The Scotsman proceeded to keep us in the Championship that year in an unfamiliar relegation scrap, he then went on to add his own stamp to the squad over the summer, spending around £4 million on new recruits, we ultimately ended up in the play-off hunt but lost out to Blackpool and then the following year to Swansea. Davies was then sacked in 2011, but he left us with a desire to return and complete ‘unfinished business’.
I certainly saw that passion in the wily Scotsman for my football club, he simply wanted the tools to do the job.
It is still my opinion that if we had kicked on in January 2010 after beating leaders West Brom 3-1 on their own turf with an incredible team performance, and brought in Nicky Shorey along with a few finishing touches, we would be in the promised land by now.
You could feel Davies frustrations, he knew what we needed but just couldn’t complete the job.
This time around however, as the forest fans called for their messiah to return, Billy has his best opportunity to date to achieve promotion, and in my opinion he’s got no excuses for failure.
Fawaz Al-Hawasi has supplied the cash, Billy has had a full summer of preparation and spending, he’s almost had his own wish-list with unlimited funds seemingly available to him.
His signings got a lot of stick when he was in charge down the A52 a number of years ago when given a wad of cash, but lets hope he’s learnt his lessons.
I certainly can’t remember a bad signing he’s made just yet, apart from the exception of Robbie Findley off the top of my head. The fans seemed to side with Davies on the fact he wasn’t given the appropriate backing when needed in the past to give us that extra push, and the bond between the forest faithful and Davies has been strong ever since they felt a on a similar wavelength to the Scotsman.
However, if success isn’t forthcoming this time around, with all the tools been made available and even an instruction sheet in the form of Fawaz’s pockets, Billy will need an even better excuse to get out of this one. Patience it seems is not a part of the Al-Hawasi business plan and automatic promotion is very much on the agenda this campaign, the Unfinished business Davies has promised to deliver may just be underway this time around.
It is now time for his biggest examination yet I believe. He has and is putting together a squad he believes is capable of promotion so lets sit back and put our trust in the Forest icon to deliver.
After all, Billy is one of the most successful managers to manage in the Championship, lets hope he can complete the job with ultimately no excuses.