Even though the bookmakers had listed this outcome at drastically short odds through the week, many people were still shocked to see Billy Davies return to former club Nottingham Forest on Thursday. Davies, who was sacked less than two years ago at the City Ground, re-joins the club after penning a three and a half year contract.
Of course, while Davies’ return to Forest does look surprising in one respect, from another perspective it is clear to see that the club are returning to the man that last made them successful. Davies was dismissed by the old owners of the club – after they decided to try their luck with an ex-England boss in Steve McClaren. Following that disastrous spell, which saw Forest dragged into something of a relegation dogfight, the new owners will unquestionably be hoping that Davies can do what he last achieved – mastermind a playoff push.
Last time around, such an achievement was deemed unacceptable after Davies saw his Forest side knocked out of the playoffs for a second successive season. However, with the club now situated in 11th place, six points away from the top six, supporters wouldn’t be able to believe their luck if Davies worked his magic yet again.
Whether or not the Billy Davies era is going to prove quite as successful as the previous attempt is certainly going to be interesting though. Even though he has been brought to the club under a cloud of optimism, the new owners have already proved that they are desperately hard to please. Since taking over in the summer, the Al Hasawi family have already gone through three managers. They dismissed Steve Cotterill immediately after taking the reins, while his successor Sean O’Driscoll only lasted a few months even though he had managed to get the club within a sniff of the playoffs. Alex McLeish’s time at the City Ground was the most ill-fated though, with the former Birmingham boss lasting just forty days following a disagreement over transfer policy. Considering the fact that Davies constantly voiced his displeasure about Forest’s spending during his last spell, whether or not he will be able to work with the club’s owners will remain to be seen.
However, for the time being everyone seems to be happy. Davies has stated that he still has unfinished business at Forest and while he may not have too long to complete such business, for the time being positivity has been restored at the City Ground. For the first time in months supporters are delighted with a decision that has been made by their board and while a playoff push might be ambitious this year, don’t be surprised to see the club pushing boundaries for the 2013/14 campaign.
Following Nottingham Forest’s recent recruitment upheaval, it’s going to be interesting to see how the rest of the Championship acts as the season slowly comes to a conclusion. Currently, two clubs are searching for a manager, with Huddersfield and Blackpool being without a permanent boss for a considerable amount of time now. Furthermore, several other managers are under immense amounts of pressure, with Neil Warnock probably being the man shouldering most of this. Bearing this in mind, the division could bring yet more surprises and it could be worth exploring football league betting at bonusbetting.org.uk to try and make a profit through this period.