Same old, same old. Different owner, different manager or no manager, it's a bloody circus. I'd question the commitment of quite a few of the players too.
I had this conversation yesterday with colleagues - none are Forest fans, mainly West Muds teams and we came to the conclusion that players just don't care; they'll get their wage slips regardless, so why should they?
Personally, i think that the (re)appointment of Davies revitalised and galvanised the club after the disastrous McLeish era.
Having said that, after the fanfare he still had to produce where it matters - on the pitch. He did that last season and nearly got us into the play-offs.
He gets his players to 100% buy in to what he wants to do and what he wants them to do. He fires up the fans and unlike last time he seems to have a very good relationship with the board and especially the owner/chairman.
Davies did well at Preston, got an average Derby side promoted and then succeeded in getting us to the play-offs twice last time. This was after taking over a relegation threatened team fresh out of League 1 and without getting complete backing in the transfer market. It was plain to see (way back then) from the outside looking in that one or two additions in the January window were needed and could well have made the difference.
This time around, he has had the required backing in the January window purely because he kept his side of the bargain by being Top 6 in January. His most difficult task with such a large (and talented) squad is keeping everybody happy. If he can do that and we can keep a fit and healthy squad (already lost David Vaughan for 3 months) then I think we can go very close to Top 2. We've got momentum and everybody seems to pulling in the right direction. The players deserve huge credit as does Davies and Fawaz.
Out of interest, if you don't think much of 'weakest link' Billy, who would you rather have? Also, what is the reason he has only gone up once Dan?
Last season was classic Davies. Takes over, revitalises the team and we win 7 in a row. After that, everyone forgets we didn't win for the same amount and completely bottled it with a comfortable run-in. It's not the first time either. We usually end up ending the season in mediocre to poor form after having run out of steam. He can get teams to the line but he's far from proficient at getting them over it. I fear he'd get mutilated if he got us into the Prem, you need more than an 'us against them' mentality to succeed up there. He's largely managed to pull the wool over people's eyes about investment and clouded our vision on the fact that he's always been pretty well backed. This year he's inherited a team worth £10m, spent a further £14m and we're still only 5th. Some see it as success, I see it as bare minimum really.
The reason he's only gone up once is that he's a purely motivational manager. His tactical prowess leaves a lot to be desired and when he comes up against the better managers when the chips are down he's left wanting.
And for the record, of the available managers now i'd rather have Clarke, Mackay, Howe, Laudrup or RDM. Last two slightly unlikely, but they're available.