News The Beautiful Game: Will Grant, Two Tap Digital - Nottingham Forest



If you’re anything like some of us at DIY, you’ll have spent the last week finely tuning your Fantasy Football team ready for the new season. Now, with the English leagues kicking off this coming weekend (and Scotland already underway), it’s time to take a balanced look at just what’s in store. We’ve asked a bunch of bands, artists and music industry types to let us know exactly what they expect from their team in 2012/13. Anyone for a Bovril?

Right… so… where were we?

Well, the semi hopefulness of here has been shot down, that’s for sure. We really should have known better than to think that there was going to be any positivity to come from the whole Schteve situation, but in spite of that, last season proved to be one of Forest’s most tumultuous for quite some time.

Shrouded by the sad and untimely death of our chairman, Nigel Doughty (a devoted Forest fan who pumped more than £100m of his own cash into the club to keep it afloat after the threat of administration in 1999), the aura around the club shifted and became galvanised on the arrival of Steve Cotterill following McClaren’s sacking. Or, more specifically, Sean O’Driscoll; the then first team coach and now manager, whose work was credited by pretty much everyone to have given us that run of promotion form that saw us safe and even saw us wallop Leeds at Elland Road 7-3.

With the clouds now lifting - after an albeit untimely mutiny from star players like Wes Morgan (Leicester), Garath McCleary and Chris Gunter (newly-promoted Reading), Luke Chambers (Ipswich), the list continues - there’s a new excitement around my beloved Forest again. Bought in July by the Kuwaiti Al-Hasawi family, there was a bit of apprehension that they were in it for the wrong reasons. The time it took for the takeover to actually happen didn’t help. Talking about ‘iconic’ managers didn’t help much, either. Names like Maradona being touted definitely didn’t help.

Luckily, everyone saw sense. O’Driscoll was snaffled from Crawley to come back and manage us - a move the fans and players all wanted - and the rebuilding has begun in earnest. A new look defence featuring the likes of Daniel Ayala, Danny Collins, Dan Harding and Greg Halford will hopefully sure things up. A (Simon) Cox-driven frontline (be as humorous with that as you will) and an ever-sturdy midfield going back to its original attacking strengths, as well, means we have a reinvigorated club on our hands, looking positively towards the future. Who knows how long it will take for the whole thing to work, but let’s hope it’s given the time it needs to do so. The money’s there, the right people are there and the fans are behind it like I haven’t seen for a long time.

And to think where we were this time last year…

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