Old Pro's Will Take Us Up: A Nottingham Forest Fans' Guide To The Transfer Window

With Steve McClaren managing, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink coaching and Andy Reid playing will Premier League experience pave the way for Nottingham Forest’s promotion to the Promised Land?
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With Steve McClaren managing, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink coaching and Andy Reid playing will Premier League experience pave the way for Nottingham Forest’s promotion to the Promised Land?

It’s the silly season in football – do you love it or hate it?

I wouldn’t say I hate it, but then I don't love it either. Basically, I would much rather actually be watching football than reading and worrying about signings - or the lack thereof.

This summer what are you hoping to read every time you check your club news each morning?

That we’ve finally signed a left back - Julian Bennett, our last remaining left sided defender has been sold to Sheffield Wednesday, and whilst rumours of Chris Cohen being happy to play in the position are pleasing to the eye, I would much rather we’d just sign someone who is proven in the position.

What do you inevitably end up reading instead?

That we are in talks with several old Middlesbrough players from McClaren's days on Teesside. Where is Juninho these days?

Got much cash in the kitty?

It’s hard to say - old bigmouth Mark Arthur couldn’t help but spout off that McClaren would have the same amount of money at his disposal that Billy Davies had. However, it appears you can have all the money in the world, but if you have a transfer acquisitions panel, your manager won’t necessarily get the players he is after.

Hulking midfielder? Tricky winger? Great big defender? What types of players would you like to sign this summer?

Pushing the obvious need for a left back to one side for a moment, I think we could do with some back up for big Wes and Chambers in central defence, which would also provide some much needed competition for places. Elsewhere I’m tempted to say a new striker, but having stockpiled so many of them under Davies, I can’t see any more coming through the door this summer.

What types of player will you end up signing instead? An U21 Moldovan left back instead of Spanish international forward perhaps?

I have no complaints about our signings so far this summer - Reid, Greening and Boateng will hopefully prove to be great players at this level. We also have Robbie Findley, who could be considered a new signing as he picked up an injury within a week or so of his arrival last season.

Who wants to leave the club and what’s your attitude towards them?

Swansea are trying to tempt Lee Camp to join them in the Premiership –and although I don’t know his intentions, I hope he doesn’t leave. We have found stability with Camp in goal and it would be tragic to lose him now.

Who has been the biggest t*sser of this transfer window?

As I have no bones to pick with any of our players, even Nathan Tyson after his move down the A52 to Derby -  I'll have to choose Mark Arthur. Everything about the man irritates me.

Reckon you’ll be stronger or weaker next season?

I’d like to say stronger, we have finally got the experience we’ve been so sorely missing the last few seasons under Davies in Andy Reid and Jonathan Greening, and hopefully having that crucial Premiership experience can give us an extra boost at the hard end of the season.

Any other news?

We have appointed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as first team coach, which I believe is his first full time coaching role. With the majority of our goals coming from midfield last season, It'll be interesting to see if he can get our strikers hitting the target again.

What has been the best ever bit of business your club did in the transfer window?

A personal favourite was Bryan Roy, who we bought from Italian side Foggia in 1994 for a cool £2.9 million. Roy cemented a potent strikeforce with Stan Collymore and helped us seal a third place finish and European qualification in what was the best season I can remember.

And the worst?

With so many bad transfers over the years, it’s hard to single one out. Top of the pile though has to be Andrea Silenzi, who we signed in the summer of 1995 to replace Nottingham Forest's goal-scoring hero: Stan Collymore. Silenzi was a catastrophic failure with only 12 appearances to his name in a 2-year spell and remains one of the worst players ever seen in a Forest shirt.

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