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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Our Scottish leader must go !

No, not Ming Campbell, no not Nichol Stephen, but 'Calamity Colin' Calderwood manager of Nottingham Forest FC.

His substitutions turned the game around last night - and not for the first time this season ! As is become frequently the case his defensive mindset has seen the club with the biggest support, biggest squad and biggest wage bill in the division flunk yet another 'big' game. 2-5 at home to a Yeovil side who created enough chances to win three or four matches is a disaster. Credit to the Glovers though. Their attractive pass and move football, their attitude in coming back from a 0-2 first leg position was the very opposite of a dire cautious Forest approach.

On the plus side, the generous ovation given to the enterprising Westcountry men by the home support showed our fans in good light. Compare this with the aggressive response in victory of Derby County fans at the Sheep Dip against Southampton makes me very proud of the calibre of support the 'Tricky Trees' have.

Next season a fixture list comprising possibly Shrewsbury, but definitely Hartlepool, Northampton, Crewe and Walsall is so very dispiriting. That is what we deserve. Time to say goodbye Colin. You said anything less than promotion would be a failure. How right you are.

With my local club [Torquay United] also going down to what was the 'Conference' but soon to be exotically known as the Blue Square Premier League it has been the season from hell. And, the torment may not be over, victory in their play-of final for our 'friends' Derby County would seal the most dismal of seasons. DCFC in the Premiership. In the name of God, no, no, no !

For a football fan of any other club I hope your team had a better season.

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