By Brian Flanagan | Irish Daily Star Deputy Sports Editor & long suffering Nottingham Forest fan
SO Nottingham Forest fans’ prayers have finally been answered and born-again Christian Glenn Hoddle may be on the brink of becoming our new manager.
With God (and Allah) on our side we’re set for the Promised Land with the backing of our new billionaire owners from Kuwait and good old Glenn — the man whose excuse for dropping Gazza from England’s 1998 World Cup squad was that it came to him in a dream.
Not quite what Forest fans had dreamt for when news first broke that we were about to become the ‘next Man City’ but when you think back we once had Big Ron as our boss and he couldn’t even find the right dugout to sit in.
Hoddle is 13/8 second favourite to succeed poor old Steve Cotterill, with another former Wolves boss, Mick McCarthy leading the market at 8/11.
Being a Forest fan for 34 years hasn’t been easy.
Yes we have a proud history and two European Cups in the trophy cabinet but there’s been a whole universe of pain since then with a couple of seasons in the hell of League One the undoubted low although the signing of Carlton Palmer (by our old friend Mr Atkinson) was a personal favourite of mine.
Optimism was not a word in the vocabulary of your average Forest fan but this week has changed that and we’re now turning our noses up at managers with proven track records like Harry Redknapp and Alex McLeish, a shade big at 25-1 for the job in my opinion.
There’s even talk that the Kuwaiti owners are lining up Diego Maradona for the big gig on the Trent. That’s a 33/1 shot if you’re interested, but a tenner on that will barely cover the price of a bag of cocaine you need to make it seem like a good idea.
There’s a whiff of circus about these Kuwaitis
Sure let’s get Peter Shilton and Steve Hodge back to Forest and they can have some cracking attempts at re-enacting the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal on the training ground.
The Kuwaitis have only been in town a few days but already this project has the whiff of a circus about it. I sincerely hope I’m wrong. The biggest thing we’ve had to cheer about in the past few years has been when people correctly call us Nottingham Forest as opposed to its evil twin ‘Notts Forest’.
We’re expected to learn more at tomorrow’s high noon press conference and rumour is a manager will be named. So who will it be? Hoddle, McCarthy, Keane, sure even Kevin Keegan has been mentioned, although you’d think a club that appointed Steve McClaren 12 months ago would have learned their lessons about dodgy ex- England managers. But hold on a minute, wasn’t Hoddle a rubbish England boss too.
Welcome to the world of Nottingham Forest FC. Sure it wouldn’t surprise me if Old Big ‘Ed himself was standing next to our new bessie mates the Al Hasawis.
Rumour is they have so much money that anything is possible.