Forest Manager Told Of Perch Leaving Only After Deal Was Done


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.

Comments welcome.



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17 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 9, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #1

    It was an unusual interview from Billy Davies.
    He seems at the mercy of the acquisitions board and doesnt really seemed commited or loyal to the club.

    He just kept saying hes doing his job for his contract period and wouldnt say he is loyal to the club or supporters. Very strange.

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  • Mags

    Jul 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Not a happy bunny was he? I think there has been tension between him and the owner for quite some time.

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  • Chris F

    Jul 9, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #3

    i think the owner.board got a bit annoyed with Davies pretty blatant courtship of the celtic job after the season finished, he wasn’t really hiding the fact that he’d walk out on forest in a heartbeat iirc.

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  • Mags

    Jul 9, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Yes Chris F you are right. Davies was also furious they would not spend in the Jan window. All in all, as I said there is history between the two.

    You have to take into consideration there is a hefty debt at that club.

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  • Chris F

    Jul 9, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #5

    you also have to take into account that davies appears to be, from an obeservers point of view, a moaning twat who thinks he’s better than he is.

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  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jul 9, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #6

    i dont even know why we brought him..why not bring players from Brazilian and Argentinian leagues

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  • baro

    Jul 9, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Same thing that happened with Perch happened with David Edgar going to Burnley. Despite Edgar was on a free.

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  • ginkoh

    Jul 9, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #8

    How can we get the work permit for Unknown South America player ?

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 9, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Raoul is surrounded in Rothbury! Billy Davies is horrible(Taggart)

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jul 9, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Greggs have jumped on the bandwagon and are cashing in on their latest pastry snack.Its thick as f@ck, meaty and has a hint of ginger.Sausage Raouls on sale at 49p!

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 9, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #11

    GG- ha ha!

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jul 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Gazza is a legend!!! He is raoul moats mate!!! Haha this man really doesn’t suprise me!!

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  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Jul 9, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #13

    These jokes about the lone gunman aren’t even Raoulmoatly funny..

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  • tom tomb

    Jul 9, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #14

    gg7- Must be the only bouncer to let him into the bar.

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  • toonboyjake

    Jul 10, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    i see oba martins has gone to ruben kazan from wolfsburg, wouldve loved to see him back with us, his pace was electric and he had a thunderbolt of a shot

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jul 10, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #17

    toonboyjake, are you joking? Martins was lazy!

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