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Forest manager Davies denies rift

Billy Davies
We certainly have got mischief-makers who are enjoying their moment

Billy Davies

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies insists there is no in-fighting at the City Ground and has urged the club's supporters to remain calm.

The Reds have slumped to a point off the Championship relegation zone after losing four of their last five matches.

Reports in the press suggested Davies had a problem working with football consultant David Pleat, who forms part of Forest's "acquisition committee".

But Davies said: "The big, bad Billy Davies hasn't fallen out with anyone."

The committee, together with the manager, have the final say on whether players are brought to the City Ground. It was set up because some previous managers were seen to have wasted transfer funds.

"We certainly have got mischief-makers who are enjoying their moment," Davies told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"I'm very confident that David - with his experience and contacts - will continue to work hard and identify players that can come into this football club."

Former Preston and Derby manager Davies arrived at the City Ground at the beginning of January, but he has failed to make a single new signing.

Bids were lodged in the January transfer window for Bristol City's Dele Adebola, Norwich's Lee Croft, Hibernian captain Rob Jones and QPR goalkeeper Lee Camp but none were successful.

Forest have also been linked with loan moves for Stoke midfielder Michael Tonge and Manchester City striker Ched Evans.

"We're working very hard to get this great football club back to where it belongs, but that won't happen overnight," Davies said.

Davies has been very critical of some of his younger players, even suggesting that striker Emile Sinclair, who played the second half of the defeat against Ipswich Town, was "a million miles away" from being a first-team player.

"What we need here is a little bit of calmness. There seems to be one or two things taken out of context," he insisted.

"But I have great faith and confidence in the board, the cleverness of the board and the direction in which they're taking this football club."

A run of five wins in six matches under three different managers at the turn of the year seemed to be guiding the Reds to safety.

But Davies, who succeeded Colin Calderwood and caretaker boss John Pemberton, is not surprised by the club's current predicament.

"It was always going to be tough when I looked at the club," Davies said.

"I wasn't fooled by the early results we got against Manchester City (in the FA Cup), Plymouth and Sheffield Wednesday. Hence the reason my advice was simple. We needed to add to the squad. Unfortunately that never happened."


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see also
Davies accepts lack of transfers
03 Feb 09 |  Nottm Forest
Davies laments lack of experience
19 Feb 09 |  Nottm Forest
Hibs reject Forest bid for Jones
02 Feb 09 |  Hibernian
Forest fail in move for Adebola
02 Feb 09 |  Nottm Forest
Davies denies rift with chairman
07 Oct 05 |  Preston
Davies will not rush new signings
08 Jan 09 |  Nottm Forest
Davies scouring transfer market
13 Oct 05 |  Preston
Davies appointed Forest manager
01 Jan 09 |  Nottm Forest

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