Nottingham Forest: Forget Steve Maclaren Give The Manager's Job To Zippy

Roy Skelton, the voice of Zippy has died. Here he is in 2006, in character as Zippy, talking about the puppet's love for Nottingham Forest (must be read in full Zippy voice)...
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Roy Skelton, the voice of Zippy has died. Here he is in 2006, in character as Zippy, talking about the puppet's love for Nottingham Forest (must be read in full Zippy voice)...

I’ve always been proud of my big mouth which is why Brian Clough is my all-time hero. I’ve been supporting Nottingham Forest for over 20 years now - ever since the glory days when Old Big Head was in charge and we won the European Cup. Back then, his head was so big it was almost the same size as mine. Like me, Cloughie would always say exactly what he thought. The club’s not been the same since he left. I reckon if Forest want to be champions of Europe again they should make me their manager! Then all the fans could chant “Zippy’s the king!” Hyeh! Hyeh! Hyeh!

Okay, so I can’t play football because I’ve got no legs but I reckon I’d be much better than George – who likes rugby - and that great big, hairy bear, Bungle who’s more likely to be into tiddly winks. Hyeh! Hyeh! The problem at Forest is that the team’s lost all its spark and flair. If I was the boss and could sign anyone I liked it would have to be Wayne Rooney or perhaps Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Mourinho could be the one to help Forest win the European Cup again. Of course, if he agreed we’d have to get him fitted with a zip like mine just to keep him out of trouble. Hyeh! Hyeh! Hyeh!

The greatest moment for me, like every Nottingham Forest fan, was when we won the European Cup. It was wonderful. My favourite player back then was John Robertson. He played on the left wing and used to jink and jink and jink and then his passes into the box were wonderful. Another player I liked was Wally Ardron who played in the 50s and still is the club’s all time top scorer. When he got tripped up on the half way line he used to roll so far he’d end up in the penalty area. Hyeh! Hyeh!

Since that European Cup final it’s been very sad to see Nottingham Forest fall through the divisions. My worst moment came during the 1991 FA Cup Final when Gazza broke his leg making that awful tackle on Gary Charles. That was horrible to see. This season, we again began terribly but recently we’ve started to win games again under the caretaker manager Ian McFarland. Perhaps the board should consider make him permanent.

Alternatively, I’d like to see Nigel Clough becoming manager. He may not be quite as mouthy as his dad but he knows the game. There’s even talk of Roy Keane coming back to City Ground . I’d love that. Like me, Keano, always gets into trouble for talking too much. But right now, the best manager for Nottingham Forest would be the only man in football with a bigger mouth than me - Jose Mourinho. Mourinho could be the one to help Forest win the European Cup again. Of course, if he agreed we’d have to get him fitted with a zip like mine just to keep him out of trouble. Hyeh! Hyeh! Hyeh!

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