An Interview With A Forest Fan
As we entertain Forest this weekend I went Vital Network surfing to find our friends at Vital Nottingham Forest.
With thanks to Kev!
1) What are your hopes for this season and where do you see yourself finishing?
I'm personally hoping to be in the Playoffs come May. That's quite a bold statement, considering where we finished the last campaign, both as a team and as a club. We lost a significant number of players, due to their contracts running out and had an awful lot of work to do in bring new players in and rebuilding the squad. Whilst the appointment of Sean O'Driscoll may not have been the 'big name' manager many were hoping for, it could just prove to be one of those masterstroke appointments.
2) Any highlights to speak of from pre season or the league?
The takeover and new ownership of the club by the Kuwaiti based Al-Hasawi family, was massive news for us and has gone very well so far. They have been very modest and discreet about their wealth, as well as their ambitions for the club. No less than 12 players were brought in since they took control in July (most for undisclosed fees) and for a rumoured spend of around £10m. The general consensus on Trentside, is that they are going for it. Stability and building for the future is the sensible way to go about things, but the way the new guys are going about their business, suggests they have big plans for the club. It is very early days, but time as they say, will tell, but so far, so good.
3) Any weaknesses that we can take advantage of - hints welcome!
With so many new players coming in, the main problem we have as a squad at present, is consistency. This team still needs a little more time to gel, especially defensively, with players still getting to know each other. Once we have a settled team, we will fly, but until then, I believe we will have to put up with some unpredictable results.
4) Who is your dangerman and are their any new additions we should look out for?
Billy Sharp is the obvious choice, but my personal fav at the moment is Simon Cox. He works tirelessly and has a real hunger for the game and always looks a threat when he has the ball. His goals to game ratio doesn't look too impressive on paper, but once this team starts firing on all cylinders, then so will Simon Cox.
5) Where do you see Leicester finishing this time round and do you think Nigel Pearson is the man to take us up?
Leicester have spent big and as a result will be most peoples favs for an automatic spot. That's what people thought last season, but it didn't happen did it? Although you've hit a bit of a dodgy spell at present, I expect you guys to pull out of it and recover. Because of how tight this league is and the fact that anyone can beat anyone on their day, I wouldn't predict who's going to take those first two places. You will finish in the top 6 though. As for Pearson. He's an excellent Championship manager, as well as being one of the most miserable buggers I've ever seen when he's on TV.
6) If you could sign one of our players, who would it be?
Jamie Vardy. A bit of a character by all accounts and although you were ripped off pricewise by Fleetwood for his services, I think he'll prove to have been well worth a million pounds.
7) Where do you see our main threat?
As above, but you have quite a bit of quality to call on up front. Nugent is always a pain whenever he plays against us.
8) Where do you think our main weakness lies?
Wes Morgan and thanks for the money! I was one of quite a few, who never thought he should have been a footballer, let alone an ever present in our side. I understand he's doing quite well for you guys though, so good luck to him, but not on Saturday of course.
9) Which way will the game go, a prediction please...
It's another bold statement.....Foxes 1-3 Forest.
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