Billy Davies (©GettyImages)
Billy Davies (©GettyImages).

Nottingham Forest facing uncertain future

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The sacking of Billy Davies had been coming for some time.  He had increasingly become affected by his own paranoia, resulting in mass media blackouts at the club, leaving many post-match interviews in the hands of assistant John McGovern.  

On top of this, his Nottingham Forest side are on a not-so-pretty winless streak of eight games, which is clearly not promotion/play-off form.

Forest had been in the play-off positions since before Christmas, and through early 2014 were seen as the team that would hunt down the top three teams, Leicester City, Burnley and QPR.

A dismal effort in the FA Cup against first Preston and followed up by the defeat to Sheffield United added to a poor run of form for Forest, resulting in the capitulation to hated rivals Derby County.

Of course, Forest have had their fair share of injuries over the past couple of months, most notably in the form of Henri Lansbury, David Vaughan and now Andy Reid.  The form of fringe players such as Guy Moussi, Jamie Mackie and Simon Cox have not been as good as required also.

However, Billy Davies will also have to take some blame for the clubs recent dismal form. Over his two tenures in charge at the City Ground, it would appear that Davies has shown a lack of tactical ability.

His tactics appear to be "old-school", with the use of a target man generally key in his set-up. His first spell saw Forest sign Dele Adebola, while on the books now is Darius Henderson.

Two players not known for their great skill set, but more for power and strength. Heck, even this year he has used centre-back Greg Halford as a centre-forward.

Davies' signings have also been very strange.  The number of strikers and centre midfielders that have been signed under Billy Davies is staggering, leaving the team with little strength in wide areas.  

Forest only have three notable wide players in Jamie Paterson, Djamal Abdoun and Mackie, even though Mackie made his name as a striker.  This is an area where options are vital.

Moving away from the football side of things, there are other areas as to why Davies had this sacking coming for him.  He is a very volatile and divisive character.

Murmurings have come out since his recent sacking of Davies' character, with Forest legend Garry Birtles proclaiming: "He made Forest a laughing stock".

Birtles goes on to say how many lost their jobs at the club, and how Davies spoke frequently about "vengeance".

The relationship between manager and owner, Fawaz Al-Hasawi also became to a bitter end. Al-Hawazi had reached out to Davies to bring him back to the club that he left two years previous, and supported him with money and his space to do his own thing.

Rumours came out of Al-Hawasi of interfering with team selections, of which Al-Hawasi has since responded to via Twitter, rejecting these claims. It is understood that Al-Hawasi was not sold on the media blackout that Davies had begun, and his increasing volatile ways amongst his players, club members of staff and the board.

Davies' personality was also seen to be becoming a bad influence on the team. It is common knowledge of Davies' relationship with former club Derby, and most notably their former manager Nigel Clough.

Forest's two worst defeats this season just so happened to come against Derby, and the elimination from the FA Cup from Sheffield United, who currently lie in League One.

This may just be coincidence to be beaten by these two teams in Forest's worst performances of the season, but had Davies taken his eye of the ball, and let his personal feelings get in the way of the team set-up?

Billy Davies is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, will fight his corner (sometimes too much) and has done very good things for Nottingham Forest, and has helped to steady the ship.

He is however, not suitable for this position, at a peoples club like Nottingham Forest, and if by some miracle Forest were to get promoted, it would be clear to see Davies would again fail when confronted with the elite Premier League.

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