Two years, four managers and new owners later - Nottingham Forest are back at square one

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Can Billy Davies be the renaissance man at the City Ground?

I told you so. Although I was obviously not alone in believing the collapse of the George Boyd to Nottingham Forest deal on transfer deadline day was the final nail in the coffin of Alex McLeish’s short lived term at the City Ground.

It marks 20 months of pure turmoil for the club that has seen Steve McLaren, Steve Cotterill, Sean O’Driscoll and now Big Eck come and go through the revolving door. Waiting, sitting on the kerb outside; suited and booted and ready for the task was Billy Davies; a convenient and willing man ready to take on his ‘unfinished business’. He probably hasn’t even unpacked his cardboard box from his previous dismissal which should make moving back into the office even easier:

"I've said to the fans for a long time we had unfinished business, I'm delighted to be back, and very much I'm looking forward to trying to achieve what we didn't do last time we were here."

In the 20 months since the previous owners decided to part company with Davies there has been a change of ownership at the club. The Kuwaiti Al Hasawi family has taken control of the club. Previous owner Nigel Doughty had already signalled his intention to sell the club before his sad and tragic passing at the far too young age of 54 in May last year.

The events at the club have been something like a series of the old TV show Dream Team but now Forest fans are just hoping that the future is a little brighter back in the hands of the man who led them to the play-offs on more than one occasion and got fierce rivals Derby County into the Premier League; a sentiment shared by the owners:

"Billy Davies is one of the best managers. He took us to the play-offs twice, Derby to the Premier League and Preston to the play-offs twice. He knows the league very well and he's very familiar with the club. We bought the club in July and we hired different managers, but finally we have Billy Davies; and now I hope we achieve what we want to achieve."

Billy Davies will not take charge of the game this Saturday instead Rob Kelly will again take temporary charge; a position he is becoming far too accustomed of. The man in the opposite dugout will be former Forest boss Sean O’Driscoll of Bristol City and it will be 34 years to the day since Trevor Francis became Britain’s first ever £1 million player when he moved to Forest from Birmingham City in 1979; the clubs all conquering period began that year.

Forest fans hope a similar spell of success lies ahead from their latest signing; Billy Davies.

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