Dougie damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t
Jan08

Dougie damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t

Oh, to be a football manager. In the space of 90 minutes, you can either be heralded as a genius who has transformed the fortunes of your club, or a complete idiot who has ruined your weekend. Players also share a brunt of the blame, but ultimately, it’s those pesky managers who get it in the neck. Step forward Dougie Freedman and Nottingham Forest. Generally, an away point in the Championship is seen as a good result by and...

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Forest are back on track and showing play-off form
Dec20

Forest are back on track and showing play-off form

Nottingham Forest seem to have turned the proverbial corner in recent weeks, as they picked up 11 points from a possible 15 – leaving them unbeaten in five matches ahead of the Christmas schedule. First Reading were defeated 3-1, then Fulham also had three put past them in a 3-0 win – both on home soil – before away draws at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, and a 2-1 success against MK Dons at the City...

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Blame it on the Dougie? No, blame it on the Fawaz
Nov27

Blame it on the Dougie? No, blame it on the Fawaz

It was yet another frustrating weekend for Nottingham Forest, whose inability to put the ball in the back of the net cost them dearly as despite being the much better side, they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Brentford. In short, Brentford had two five-minute spells in the second half. They scored in both. The rest of the match was controlled by a Forest side who looked assured in possession, were playing on the floor and creating chances....

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Nottingham Forest and Freedman finally get some vindication
Nov13

Nottingham Forest and Freedman finally get some vindication

“Bring it on. Thank God for it. I am glad it is on Sky, because I want to show people how well we are playing. I want to show people that we can play as well as we did tonight.” The words of Dougie Freedman, straight after Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 away defeat at Preston North End – their third successive away loss, and their eighth match without a win. The topic Freedman was talking about was the next fixture...

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Sacking Freedman for Clough would be a “disaster”
Oct30

Sacking Freedman for Clough would be a “disaster”

Supporting Nottingham Forest has never been a dull experience, especially since the summer of 2012 when the Al-Hasawi family took over the club, with Fawaz at the head of it. Since then, roughly £21m has been spent on transfer fees, five managers have been sacked, countless off the field fiascos have been reported, the club have been placed under a transfer embargo and at present, Forest seem further away now more than ever of...

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Forest have to deal with another injury crisis
Oct16

Forest have to deal with another injury crisis

Unexpected meetings can provide joy and surprise in one sense, but anguish and annoyance in another. Take Nottingham Forest for example. They have gone through their worst injury crisis in possibly the club’s history just two seasons ago, and now find themselves slap bang in another one. Ahead of the trip to Bristol City on Friday night, Forest find themselves with 10 first team players unavailable, be it through injury or...

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