Off To Rovers: Alan
Rogers is off to Blackburn Rovers next season if you believe all you read
in the papers. The rumours are based on the fact that Graham Souness chose
not to watch Rovers go down 2-1 to Crystal Palace, instead he took a seat
in the directors box at the City Ground to watch Forest beat Port Vale 2-0.
Still Waiting: Richard Cooper
and Gareth Edds are still waiting to discover whether they will be given their
big break against Port Vale this weekend.
the issue of Division One survival is put to rest the manager has been toying
with the idea of blooding one or two of the youngsters. The pair are both
in the squad for tomorrow's game at the City Ground with Port Vale but there
is no news yet regarding Platt's starting line up.
are confident that defender Tony Vaughan will be available to face Port Vale
next weekend, despite suffering an injury at Fulham. It was feared that his
substitution yesterday was related to the knee ligament injury which he has
only recently returned from. But the good news is that he has not suffered
any form of relapse, and the £350,000 signing from Manchester City is predicted
to be available for the Port Vale game on Saturday.
To Test Youngsters: Now that Forest are absolutely
safe in Division One David Platt is turning his thoughts towards next season.
Yesterday's draw with Fulham combined with results elsewhere to guarantee
the Reds First Division football next term and Platt has been quick to suggest
that the younger members of his squad may be about to get a taste of senior
Platt said: "I'm keen to keep
the team that has done so well just recently together, but having said that
there are one or two young lads I would like to take a look at in our remaining
The two youngsters most likely
to feature are Richard Cooper and Gareth Edds, who have both been on the bench
in recent games.
Platt continued: "Richard Cooper
has come close on a couple of occasions but he hasn't quite got there, his
attitude has been superb and he deserves some recognition.
"Gareth has done very well at
reserve level just recently and deserves his call up for the first team squad."
News For Saturday: David Platt is forced to
make one change for tomorrow's game at the City Ground. Jon Olav Hjelde will
step back into first team action to replace the injured Colin Calderwood (who
would have been suspended had he not been injured). Otherwise the squad will
be the same as the one that beat Birmingham last week at St. Andrews.
Check Out Quashie: After earlier rumours that
Bolton were interested in Nigel Quashie were dismissed by Sam Allardyce, the
press are now speculating that Fulham are monitoring the situation.
Quashie is from West London and
his family all live in the area. He has failed to settle up in Nottingham
and is believed to be keen on a move back to London.
Deny Quashie Link: Bolton manager Sam Allardyce
has today denied reports that he is interested in Nigel Quashie.
The Bolton boss said: "There is absolutely no truth in any of those rumours
from the weekend, I am not interested in Quashie... don't believe what you
read in the papers."
Target Quashie: Latest rumours in the press
indicate that Bolton manager Sam Allardyce is considering a move for transfer
listed Nigel Quashie.
Quashie was transfer listed last
week after a much publicised training ground 'bust-up' with David Platt. Allardyce
is aware of the situation and with Bolton looking increasingly likely to lose
Eidur Gudjohnsen he is understood to be interested in Quashie as a replacement.
Is A Target: David Platt is rumoured to be targeting
Liverpool's young French defender Djimi Traore as a potential summer buy.
Chief scout Ian Storey-Moore
watched the powerful youngster in the reserves last week. As a result of Storey-Moore's
report Platt is rumoured to be preparing a £1 million bid for the close
Traore turned down a loan move
to Forest earlier in the season. He is also a target for Sunderland. However,
Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier holds the defender in high regard. He has been
made the captain of the reserve side and Houllier has stressed that he is
one for the future and that future should stay with Liverpool.
To Start: John Terry's impressive twenty five
minutes at the end of last weeks game against Charlton look to have earned
the youngster a starting place in tomorrow's game at St. Andrews.
David Platt is believed to be
ready to play 19 year old Terry alongside Colin Calderwood instead of Norwegian
Jon Olav Hjelde.
Tony Vaughan is still nursing
a knee injury and misses out for the second successive weekend but Ian Woan
has shaken off a thigh strain and will be among the substitutes.
Linked Again: Former Forest star Nigel Clough
is again being linked with the vacant managerial post at Chesterfield.
Clough is currently in charge
of non-league Burton Albion, but has been strongly linked with succeeding
John Duncan at Saltergate, who was sacked last Tuesday morning.
As well as Clough, former Sheffield
Wednesday boss Danny Wilson has also been linked with the Chesterfield job,
with the Spireites heading for relegation to the Nationwide Third Division.
To Miss Out: It looks
extremely likely that Tony Vaughan looks will be forced to miss Saturday's
trip to Birmingham with the knee injury that caused him to miss the draw with
Linked: Forest are
being linked with a summer move for Swindon goalkeeper Frank Talia as a replacement
for Mark Crossley. Other links in today's papers include Watford's Peter Kennedy
and Fulham's Paul Peschisolido.
Team News: Tony Vaughan
looks likely to miss this afternoons game against Charlton. The defender picked
up a knock in training and has been declared as doubtful for the game.
Jim Brennan looks the most likely
to benefit from Vaughan's injury and could be called to first team after starting
last week's game on the bench.
There are no new injury worries
for Platt and with the exception of Vaughan, Forest's line-up should be the
same as last week.
News On Saudi: There
is still no news on the paperwork from the Saudi authorities to allow Sami
Al-Jaber to play in the reserve game against Crystal Palace tonight. With
the Saudi star due to return to his club, Al Helal, tomorrow it looks like
any chance to prove himself to Platt will have to have been taken on the training
David Platt is being linked with a possible summer move for Brentford's midfield
star Martin Rowlands. The speculation has come about because David Platt has
been seen at Brentford's last three games.
Brentford's owner-manager, Ron
Noades is known to be keen to hang on to the young star and this could push
the price up should Platt make a bid.
Wimbledon have also been watching
the midfielder and the competition could see Noades looking for a fee of around
Doubtful Again: Forest
are still struggling to sort out the necessary paperwork that will allow Saudi
star Sami Al-Jaber to play for Forest in Wednesday's reserve clash with Crystal
David Platt has received clearance
from his team, Al Helal Sports Club, but have yet to receive the correct documentation
from the Saudi Soccer Federation.
The 27-year-old is still due
to return to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, and Forest are keen to get a look at
him in action before he does. It seems that the red tape involved may prevent
this though. If they do receive clearance Platt could still be thwarted by
the weather as the clash is currently in doubt due to the heavy rain and snow.
To Start: Stern John
is expected to start this afternoons game against Crewe. The striker has made
an almost miraculous recovery from knee ligament damage and has come off the
bench in Forest's last two games.
Riccy Scimica and Tony Vaughan
are also likely to be available for selection this afternoon after both recovering
from injury. They are most likely to start the game on the bench as Platt
is expecting to start with the same defence that has seen them lose to Blackburn
John Terry could also be available
after recovering from a calf injury he picked up in training.