But summer signings good
3 August ~ First up in this new season for Nottingham Forest is the visit of Huddersfield Town, who last season shuffled out of the City Ground on the thick end of a 6-1 hiding. They encountered Forest at the start of a period when it genuinely didn't look like they would ever lose again, the return of Billy Davies having the galvanising effect the club needed at that point. Forest then missed out on the play-offs on the final day, losing in calamitous fashion in the last minute at home to Leicester.
Off the pitch, half the office staff were dismissed including the chief executive Mark Arthur and excellent long-serving press officer Fraser Nicholson, positions that haven't yet been officially filled. I say officially, because in reality many of the CEO responsibilities have been taken over by a man named Jim Price. You probably won't be familiar with him and there's no reason you should be – the only salient piece of information you need to know is that his day job is as Davies's agent.
Davies has now elected to stop talking to the local media. Indeed, it was only on Wednesday that a deal was agreed for match commentary to be carried on the radio – whether this was down to haggling over fees, Davies's curious powerplays or just the disorganisation that seems to characterise Forest these days is really not clear. It continued the club's maverick behaviour towards the media, which culminated in Davies giving what would have been his post-match press conference before the final game of last season against Leicester – after which he only deigned to speak to a sympathetic local TV reporter.
The primary source of public interaction between the club and supporters, beyond the fairly terse official website statements, comes from Price's Twitter account. It was there that the BBC radio deal was "announced" and there that we learned Forest were no longer in the race for Charlie Austin.
Owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi has a delightful habit of confirming news on Twitter before the club does – including the identity of Forest's new sponsors who, after a summer of negotiating with "a number of major companies", turned out to be his own fridge and air conditioning business. That said, it would take a particularly churlish Forest fan to complain about the transfer deals done so far. Eight players have arrived with more apparently to follow, including the shrewd acquisitions of Jack Hobbs and Jamie Mackie, as well as securing Gonzalo Jara Reyes, who spent much of last season on loan at Forest, on a permanent deal.
Huddersfield themselves have had a good summer, bringing in James Vaughan, Martin Paterson and the very handy Jonathan Hogg. After bailing them out of trouble last season, with backing like that it's difficult to see Mark Robins leading Town to another spanking at the City Ground. Nick Miller