The club currently employ a strange set-up, whereby and potential signings that manager Billy Davies wants to make goes through a committee, which includes football consultant David Pleat, chief executive Mark Arthur and chief scout Keith Burt. The committee then discuss the targets with Davies and go from there; however things don’t always run smoothly. As the committee asks the manager to list a number of targets and should the first option not be viable, it can end up with the club signing a player that wasn’t actually needed that badly.
Davies hit out at the committee when they signed George Boyd on-loan from Peterborough in March. Davies said:
“He wasn’t one of the main targets; we all know who they were, with regards to Pratley, Moses and Shorey.”
He continued: “What you always do is give a board two or three different options for each position and if you can’t get the ‘number ones’, you obviously move onto the second and third options. But as far as I’m concerned, we’re still a little bit short with regards to squad depth and what is required.”
The reason as to why the committee exists is because the board deemed that previous managers had wasted transfer funds. However Billy Davies has proved himself to be a more than capable manager, not just during his time at Forest. Therefore they should seriously consider about disbanding the committee, as the last thing they want to do is lose a manager like Davies who has taken Forest forwards very quickly in just
18 months at the club. Although Davies did get criticised for some of his signings whilst at Derby County, it must be remembered that he got them promoted, and too soon as well which meant that he had to sign scraps that nobody else wanted in order to give them a chance of staying up.
In theory the transfer committee is a good idea because it can help make sure that the club is managing its budget well and that money isn’t wasted on players, as potential signings can be discussed in more detail. However Davies is generally good with money and virtually, if not all of his signings at Forest have been a success, so he doesn’t need a transfer committee watching over him as he is only being undermined by it.