'King Billy' extends Nottingham Forest stay

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Billy Davies signs contract until the end of 2017 season.

Fawaz Al Hasawi, The forest owner confirmed via twitter that fan favourite Billy Davies has extended his current deal until the end of the 2017 season.

The highly popular and successful manager is buoyed after a very promising start to the season and has obviously seen enough to sign a long term deal.

Forest were very busy during the summer and allowed Billy Davies to put a proper stamp on the club bringing in some high profile signings with the likes of Kelvin Wilson from Celtic and Djamel Abdoun from Olympiakos both costing over 2 million pounds.

Last season was a time of transition for the Nottingham club, with three managers being shown the door but things finally started to look promising for the club when Billy Davies took over guiding them from mid-table to just missing out on the play-offs in the last day.

He has a very successful and undeniable method of guiding teams into the play-offs. He lead Preston into the top 6 twice, once losing in the final and the other in semi-final against Leeds. He famously said ‘’Job Done’’ after winning at Elland Road, only to lose the second leg at home.

After the heartbreak of losing in the play-off semi-final to Leeds, he moved to Derby County. In the following summer he brought in some very good players and turning an un-fancied side into title contenders. At Christmas Derby found themselves 8 points clear at the top of the league and looked nailed on champions.

After a few detrimental signings in the January window, the Pride Park club hit a relative poor run of form and eventually was piped to automatic promotion by Sunderland and Birmingham. He went on to win his first play-off final and got the team into the Premier League, which was a fantastic achievement. The year later would be enough to leave a black mark both on his CV and Derby County. He unfortunately set the foundations in place for the club to officially be known as the worst side in Premier League history with a little help from Paul Jewell along the way.

The Scotsman spent a year out of management and went back to the drawing board so when Colin Calderwood was sacked as manager and he was appointed he had a fresh ideology and it has paid off. The initial reaction wasn’t great from Forest fans but he soon won them over with some good results and shrewd loan signings to keep them in the Championship and consolidate them.

The next two years at Forest were exciting, he led them into the top 6 and competed for promotion on a scale they hadn’t seen for many years. In the end it was disappointment as they lost in the play-off semi-finals both times and enough was enough for owner Nigel Doughty. Who reportedly fell sick of the managers constant moaning about the running of the club and moved for former England manager Steve McClaren.

After a pretty sizeable lists of managerial failures after Billy Davies left the club, the fan power was in full flow demanding for the return of ‘king billy’ and his ‘unfinished business’ to become finished. Fawaz Al Hasawi tried Sean O’Driscoll and Alex McLeish before moving for the Scotsman who made his impression back at Forest fairly quickly after an extensive good run of form in the latter part of last season.

He has now been allowed freedom within the club, bringing in his own people and working on his own transfers. It seems to be paying off with Nottingham Forest looking strong for a promotion battle this season.

Who knows, maybe Billy Davies can finally finish his business and take Nottingham Forest for their long awaited return to the Premier League. Seeing out his four years would signify success given the club's recent hire-and-fire policy.

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