Surprising news today from the BBC that Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies says he was not informed of the sale of James Perch to Newcastle, until it was a done deal.
Billy Davies – surprising news about James Perch transfer to Magpies
Davies told BBC East Midlands Today:
“I got a call after the deal was done to tell me James was leaving.”
“I was disappointed but that is why the acquisitions panel is here.”
“They decide who comes, who goes and when.”
Are we the only ones that are surprised at that? But the “acquisitions panel” was put in place to decide who comes and who goes.
The acquisitions panel at Forest consists of manager Billy Davies, Nottingham Forest Chairman Nigel Doughty, Director of Football David Pleat, Chief Scout, Keith Burt, Chief Executive Mark Arthur and Finance Director John Pelling.
Doughty’s role is to agree to come up with the cash to buy a player, and the others are there to ensure a player is suitable for the club, and that a fair price is negotiated.
So it looks like Billy was out of the loop and was not consulted before James Perch left for the Tyneside club.
That arrangement of course was a huge problem at Newcastle a couple of years ago – and that’s an understatement – when Kevin Keegan was managing the club.
Dennis Wise seemed to be in charge of player personnel, but wasn’t officially, as the Newcastle Board and Dennis himself, said Kevin was responsible for all players coming and going – but that turned out to be untrue and was later said to be simply PR by the Newcastle Board – right!.
It’s the continental way of handling transfers, with the Director of Football usually fulfilling the role that the acquisitions panel seems to be doing at Forest.
We suppose as long as Billy is OK with that arrangement, it’s fine – but it does seem a little unusual.
Nottingham, Forest of course are twice winners in successive years of the European Cup (1979, 1980) under the great Brian Clough – and we have hope the club can get back to the Premier League asap.
Maybe Newcastle can win the European Champions League in the next decade – but maybe not.