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Why Can't Mr. Blatter and FIFA Just Show A Bit of Heart and Common Sense?
15:09 Wednesday 9th November 2011

“Our core values of authenticity, unity, performance and integrity are at the very heart of who we are.” “We believe it is our responsibility to foster unity within the football world and to use football to promote solidarity, regardless of…

Damned if they do, damned if they don't – The Football League forced to adopt the Elite Player Performance Plan
19:06 Friday 21st October 2011

Yesterday, the 72 Football League Clubs voted in favour of the proposed overhaul of English football's youth system. 46 clubs voted in favour, 22 voted against and there were 3 no-shows and 1 abstention. These changes are the implementation…

The Steve Cotterill era gets off to a winning start. Nottingham Forest 2-0 Middlesbrough
17:09 Wednesday 19th October 2011

Steve Cotterill began his reign as Nottingham Forest against the Championship's only unbeaten, Middlesbrough. However, you wouldn't have known it, as Forest recorded their first home win of the season, and put in a very impressive display.…

Forest's progress hampered by yet more tightening of purse strings
23:12 Friday 7th October 2011

Nottingham Forest's search for a new management regime has hit yet another snag, and unsurprisingly, the cause of that snag is money. We have seen strong reminders from Nigel Doughty, Mark Arthur and John Pelling about the looming prospect…

A look at the contenders for the Nottingham Forest job
21:25 Tuesday 4th October 2011

In the light of Steve McClaren's departure, the hottest topic amongst Forest fans is who should replace him. While it is might be more important to be finding a replacement Chairman to take the place of Nigel Doughty, understandably the appointment…

Is this all comPLEATly irrelevant? - Nottingham Forest end David Pleat's consultancy role
00:23 Thursday 29th September 2011

In the last few hours the news has broke that David Pleat, a football consultant at Nottingham Forest, has stepped down from his role. Pleat first joined Forest in 2006. Having been hired by Nigel Doughty, he was reportedly on a £120,000 per…

Nottingham Forest scrap their way to a vital 3 points. Watford 0-1 Nottingham Forest
22:12 Saturday 24th September 2011

After a strong performance on Tuesday night against Newcastle United, it was time to transform that display into points, as the Reds travelled down to Vicarage Road to face Watford.  

Owen for England? You're taking the Michael!
19:44 Thursday 22nd September 2011

After Michael Owen scored a brace against Leeds United in Tuesday night's Carling Cup 3rd Round tie at Elland Road, talk and debate has been circulating online and in print, that Michael Owen should be recalled to the England set up, more than…

Forest much improved as they take Toon to the wire – Nottingham Forest 3-4 Newcastle United AET
23:13 Wednesday 21st September 2011

After an embarrassing and humiliating defeat to Derby County at the weekend, this League Cup 3rd Round tie against unbeaten Newcastle United was a ‘nothing to lose, a lot to gain' sort of fixture, where they aimed to restore some pride. Both…

Derby day gloom for McClaren's men: Nottingham Forest 1-2 Derby County
20:10 Saturday 17th September 2011

Today's game was the most important that Nottingham Forest have come across this season. Not only was there the spice of a fierce local derby, but Forest were under major pressure to get a result after a run of three games without a win. The…

Is the next week sink or swim for McClaren?
19:17 Thursday 15th September 2011

I believe, even at this early stage in the season, Nottingham Forest and manager Steve McClaren are facing a pivotal week or so.  Despite a promising attacking performance, Forest were a victim of defence errors and refereeing controversy as…

Nottingham Forest need something money can't buy – That Lovin' Feelin'.
21:21 Friday 9th September 2011

The last few months haven't been the easiest for Nottingham Forest, especially the last two weeks or so. Following a 4-1 home defeat to West Ham, Forest were yet again inactive in the remaining few days of the transfer window, much to the fans…

The stats and contenders - Nottingham Forest's left back problem
11:49 Thursday 25th August 2011

“The hardest position in football to fill” were the words of Forest Chairman Nigel Doughty, and for Forest, it certainly has been. Over the past 3 seasons since Forest have been back in the Championship, the club have had 3 Premiership left…

A second late show shouldn't reprieve Forest's poor performance - Nottingham Forest 2-2 Leicester City
20:57 Saturday 20th August 2011

As they did against Notts County, Forest left it late to equalise against their local rivals. This time it was Leicester City, and as it often has over recent years, Leicester's visit to The City Ground, threw up a bit of drama.  Much of the…

McClaren insists he has ‘nothing to prove', but he must battle Forest's ‘slow start syndrome' as well as critical fans.
10:19 Saturday 13th August 2011

Many questioned both the sacking of Billy Davies and the appointment of Steve McClaren. While, on paper, it seems ridiculous to sack a manager who has guided his club to two successive play-off campaigns, Forest were in need of a change. As…