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Steve McClaren Recruits The Old Guard

Wednesday 20th July 2011

There are reports emerging this morning from Sky Sports News that midfielder George Boateng has joined Nottingham Forest on a free transfer following his release from Greek side Skoda Xanthi. Boateng is now 35 and believed to have joined the Reds on a one year deal. However, there has been no official word from the club, but the deal is expected to go through.

Boateng played under Steve McClaren at Middlesborough and was at the Teesside club for six seasons and was part of the side that won The Carling Cup in 2004 and reached the UEFA Cup Final in 2006. McClaren is obviously looking at bringing in experience into the Forest squad, having also recruited Jonathan Greening this week. Boateng has lots of Premier League under his belt, having played 14 consecutive seasons in the top flight with Coventry City, Aston Villa, Middlesborough and Hull City. I personally don't expect Boateng to be first on the team sheet. Looking at the central midfield role we have Guy Moussi, Jonathan Greening, Chris Cohen, Lewis McGugan and Radi Majewski that are likely to start ahead of him, depending on the opposition etc. But he will provide valuable experience to the squad off the pitch, even if he not playing week in week out.

Another development this morning was the announcement (again by Sky Sports News and not the club), was the addition of another ex-Boro boy, but this time to the coaching staff. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will take up the role of First Team Coach, having been obtaining his coaching badges during Forest's pre-season training. I personally think this is a great addition to the backroom staff. Hasselbaink is young, eager to learn and is a great character. Who better to teach our forwards the tricks of the trade than a man who has scored who has scored 129 in the Premier League? He sits 9th on the Premier League all-time top scorers list having had spells with Leeds United, Chelsea, Charlton Athletic and of course, Middlesborough. Forest are still without an Assistant Manager, but the reaction among fans is a positive one, and they are welcoming the Dutchman's appointment and awaiting confirmation from the club. At the moment, its looking a bit like Steve McClaren's version of Dad's Army!

James Bolton

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