At the turn of February things seemed to be grim at the City Ground as Nottingham Forest were embroiled in a bizarre few days of transfer madness.
The bulk of the controversy surrounded the potential signing of George Boyd from Peterborough United.
Alex McLeish was extremely open to the idea of bringing in such a talented player and with Posh Chairman Darragh MacAnthony wishing to remain true to his word it was a deal that simply needed to be signed, sealed and delivered.
Then things began to unravel over something as simple as an eye exam. The results came back inconclusive and the Al-Hasawi regime decided to not release the funds for a deal. A late attempt at a loan-deal fell apart and McLeish was left licking the wounds of an unproductive transfer window.
The writing was on the wall when just hours later McLeish walked away from the job.
Since then things have been rosy for Boyd. The midfielder has showed no signs of an eyesight problem on loan at Hull City as his form highlights and a permanent deal is on the cards in the summer.
However things have been even better at Nottingham Forest.
The Al-Hasawi regime may have been starting to look ropey after the sacking of Steve Cotterill, Sean O’Driscoll and the loss of McLeish in their short reign at the helm but they did what so many should do when things are going bad; they went back to the drawing board.
Billy Davies was unlucky to lose his job in the first place in June 2011 and since then things have certainly not got better for Forest so in a moment of genuine wisdom from the board they decided to ask him if he wanted to come back; he of course said yes.
The return of ‘King Billy’ was a popular choice with the fans and seemingly that positivity has rubbed off on the pitch.
A recent run of form has culminated with an astonishing six wins on the bounce which included their most recent victory at Hull City; rather ironic considering George Boyd’s role in it all.
The Al-Hasawi family seemed to struggle at first with their mantle of Championship football club owners but unlike other foreign investors (yes I mean the Venky’s Group) realised that giving the fans what they want is sometimes the necessary and correct decision.
It certainly seems to have worked as Forest now lay in fifth place; just eight points off automatic promotion.
Can Forest do what seemed unthinkable at the start of February and attain promotion this season?
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