Davies right man for right now

Wednesday 13th March 2013 10:51

Bill Davies: The right man for Forest... but for how long?

Bill Davies: The right man for Forest... but for how long?

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FanZoner Dan Mounser says Billy Davies is the right manager for Nottingham Forest, but fears he could become a victim of his own success.

Hiring and firing managers can be a tough and tricky task for chairman and owners. Appointments are often either right disastrously wrong. There's never really an in-between.

You only need to look at Chelsea and Roman Abramovich's decision to replace Roberto Di Matteo with Rafa Benitez to show that although the club's hierarchy may think that it is the right thing to do, supporters may not necessarily agree.

Di Matteo was hard-done by and was a victim of his own success but Chelsea fans who think Rafa was a bad appointment could get a reality check by taking a look at some of Forest's appointments over the years.

They have tended to be any ginger manager beginning with 'M' really - McClaren, McLeish and Megson - but, unlike Stamford Bridge, you will not currently find many 'Gaffer Out' banners paraded at the City Ground.

Even the most sceptical of Reds fans should have been won over by the return of 'King Billy' on Trentside following the run of five successive victories to add to the point earned on his official homecoming against Bolton just over a month ago.

When Davies arrived, Forest's season was all but over but his man-management, ability to get the best out of players and past experience has propelled the Reds towards what seemed like a highly-unlikely playoff spot following Big 'Eck's exit after only 40 days.

The last year really has been a rollercoaster of emotions and more like a soap opera than a football club. From Nigel Doughty sadly passing away, to five managers, staff sackings, new owners, failed eye tests and much, much more.

A period of stability is needed at Forest more than any other club in the Football League. Hopefully Davies will be given that opportunity.

He is meticulous in everything he does throughout the club and any manager who has a £7,000 editing suite in his family home to create presentations to prepare and educate players on their own performance and the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition is clearly determined to succeed.

It is this attention to detail which makes him a successful Championship Manager - and I'm not talking about the computer game that I played continuously throughout my younger years.

There is no better fit than Nottingham Forest and Billy Davies at present and I'm sure there will come a time when the relationship breaks down but Davies is determined and passionate.

He is eager to prove doubters wrong, ambitious and keen to gain promotion once more to complete his 'unfinished business' at the club. Fawaz Al-Hasawi is also ambitious and dreams of mixing it with the big boys in the Premier League.

My only concern is that Davies, like Di Matteo, will eventually become a victim of his own success. Should he return Forest to the top tier of English football during his second spell as manager, will Al-Hasawi see him as the man to keep Forest in the Premier League?

Rightly or wrongly, we've already seen Sean O'Driscoll sacked even though the ship had been steadied and the play-offs were well within sight. What is to say Davies could get Forest promoted next season then be sacked if results are not immediately good enough at the higher level?

Foreign owners; teams promoted; Nigel Adkins and Brian McDermott? You see where I'm coming from.

The financial carrot of the Premier League is just so huge that teams simply can't afford to be relegated. Gone are the days of a yo-yo club where you could get promoted, give it a good go with the current squad and then bounce straight back the following season with pretty much the same squad. It's no longer a viable option.

But that is to discuss if or when it ever happens.

Arguably Forest's biggest test will come this weekend against Hull City who currently occupy the second automatic promotion spot. There's no doubt that Forest are flying and five out of the nine remaining games are against teams that are there or thereabouts in the promotion mix (Hull, Brighton, Cardiff, Middlesbrough and Leicester).

Our destiny is very much in our own hands and King Billy is enjoying wearing his crown... for now.

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