Halfway through the season and it’s time for another update of Finding the Forest Through the Trees. All told, it has been a great start for Nottingham Forest in the Premier League. The main question is: Will this form continue and allow the dream season to continue or will the other managers figure out our tactics, adapt their tactics and end the dream? We will find out in the coming months but now a first half season review.
We made the move to the Premier League and immediately went on the search for players who can move into the starting lineup at some positions while looking for depth at positions where I felt we were strong. The problem was: a) finding players who were willing to move to a newly promoted side b) those players fitting into our transfer budget c) having those players fit into our wage structure and d) beating out other clubs in some cases for this small pool of players. Our transfer and wage budget:
Not exactly large. We truly needed to search through the forest to find some new trees.
The 2016-17 season is in the books for Nottingham Forest and it was a good one for The Reds. The fans toward the second half of the season started to come back The City Ground to watch the team play. The form was a bit erratic at times. We still chopped and changed our formation based on who was hot and what formation was working at the moment. We sat in the bottom end of the promotion playoffs and sitting on the outside looking in for the entire second half of the season.
It’s the halfway point of the 2016-17 EFL Championship season. So far, it has been a good start on the field for Forest. However, off the field, the finances are in turmoil…the boardroom is in shambles. Even worse, these off field issues are starting to affect the on the field product. To top it all off, we head into the January transfer window under a board-imposed transfer embargo as the club is under the process of being taken over by an English consortium.
Back again with another fallen domestic giant….Nottingham Forest – two-time European Cup Champion and one-time English Premier League Champion. They have fallen on harder times since their relegation to the Championship in the mid 90’s. They even fell down to League One for a brief spell and are in danger of making a second trip down the third tier. I’m coming in to stop the slide and bring the club back to its glory days of the late 70’s and early 80’s.