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Davies confusion over Pleat role

Billy Davies
Former Derby boss Davies took over at the City Ground in January

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is seeking clarification over the role of the club's football consultant David Pleat at the City Ground.

The Forest board are assessing the possibility of increasing Pleat's future involvement although Davies insists it will not affect his status.

"The manager must be able to direct the the football team if he is responsible for what goes on," Davies explained.

"I have known David a long time and I will not be walking over this."

Davies, speaking after Forest's 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, feels frustrated that he has not been able to secure his desired transfer targets this summer.

Former Tottenham boss and media analyst Pleat, who arrived in Nottingham in August 2006, has been in discussions with the club's chief executive, Mark Arthur, about widening his role.


"I was asked by the chief executive about the role of the football consultant," added Davies.

"I was told David now has more time on his hands. My view is that David's role or anyone's at that level is none of my business. It's something for the board to decide.

"Don't misunderstand me. I have known David a long time and never had a cross word with him.

"In modern football you have middle men, chief executives and football consultants - whatever you want to call them - they're in football to stay."

But Davies outlined his frustration over transfer targets for Forest.

"I've identified clearly three defenders and got none of them, " he admitted. "Now I cannot identify to you why we didn't get them.

"We have defensive frailties and I cannot tell you why we are having to play with an outside-right at right-back."

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