November 28 1999

Woan On His Way: Earlier this year, while Ron Atkinson was still the gaffer, Ian Woan was told he no longer figured in the managers plans and he could go. Woan, realising that Atkinson would be leaving the club in a few weeks time opted to stay quiet and take his chances with the new manager.

It looks like history is about to repeat itself though, as it has now come to our attention that Ian Woan has been told by Platt that he no longer features in his plans for the future. 

With Chettle already on loan at Barnsley with an option for a permanent move; Steve Guinan looking to tie up a permanent move to Cambridge,  the possible departure of Ian Woan means that Mark Crossley will be the only remaining player from the days of Brian Clough.

Mind you today's tabloids are full of the gossip that Mark Crossley is still on for a swap move to Sheffield Wednesday with Kevin Pressman coming this way along with a bit of cash. If this move did come off then that would mean Platt had effectively removed all trace of Brian Clough from the current first team squad.

November 26 1999

Tomorrow's team News: Looks like the only change for tomorrow's game at Selhurst Park will the Moreno Mannini, who is currently nursing an ankle injury. Platt had hoped to be fielding an unchanged side from the one that won 2-0 at home to Portsmouth on Wednesday night.

Richard Cooper, a product of the Forest Youth Academy and only 20 years old has been drafted into the squad for the trip to Selhurst. Stern John are again expected to start up front and Dougie Freedman will again take a seat on the bench.

The squad for tomorrow is expected to be: Crossley, Beasant, Doig, Brennan, Scimeca, Hjelde, Prutton, Johnson, Bart-Williams, Rogers, Cooper, Gray, Quashie, Beck, John, Freedman.

November 21 1999

Platt Is Appealing: David Platt is planning to appeal over the sending off of Andy Johnson. Platt believes the incident cost Forest the points against Tranmere on Saturday. Platt said: "The sending off dictated the way the game finished. Tranmere were not three goals better than us. I will look at the video concerning the sending off and then decide what action to take. The player was very committed and saw a ball to be won and went in in a manner deemed to be too aggressive by the referee."

Andy Johnson, who  has only just returned from a long term injury and now faces a possible three match ban said after the game: "I'm gutted. I didn't even think it was a yellow card let alone red. The ball was there to be won and I won it with a fair tackle. Their player got up straight away and then both sides have just gone bananas. I'm pretty sure the ref got caught up in the ruck that followed and felt he had to take action."

November 19 1999

Chettle To Be Dropped: Early reports suggest that Steve Chettle could be dropped for tomorrow's game against Tranmere in light of his poor performance against Huddersfield last Sunday. Riccy Scimeca is fit again and likely to step in to take his place. Platt, Quashie, and Loius-jean are all available after serving suspensions. Dougie Freedman is doubtful after picking up an injury during last Sunday's game.

November 17 1999

Pressman For Crossley Swap Deal: Mark Crossley is being linked with a shock swap deal for Sheffield Wednesday's Kevin Pressman. The rumour was first seen this morning in The Sun and repeated later on Radio 5. Crossley has just turned down a new four year deal with Forest, but hopefully this one will turn out to be poor speculation on behalf of the media.

November 16 1999

Riccy Back For Tranmere: Riccy Scimeca is on track for a return against Tranmere on Saturday. Scimeca has missed the last two games due to a knee injury, but has been trying to speed up his recovery by using an Oxygen tent - it appears to be working as well.

O'Kane Could Be Next: Everton's out of favour defender John O'Kane could be the next arrival at The City Ground. The move would initially be a loan move even though the player is available for free. If everything works out the player could then become a permanent addition to the squad. 

November 15 1999

Marlon Linked To Baggies: Marlon Harewood is being linked with a possible move to West Brom. The 20 year old striker has fallen down the pecking order recently with the arrival of Mikkel Beck and the elevation of David Freeman to the bench for Sunday's game. All this and of course the news today that Stern John has now signed for Forest cast some doubt over his future at the club.

November 14 1999

Platt Back For John: Looks like David Platt could now be stepping up his interest in Stern John. John has been concentrating on getting his team, Columbus Crew, into the MLS playoff final. However, Crew were knocked out today when they lost 4-0 to DC United in the semi-final.

November 12 1999

Platt After Butler: David Platt is rumoured to be after Cambridge United striker Martin Butler. The 25 year old scored 17 goals last season and Forest scouts have watched him several times this season. Platt is thought to be putting together a �1million bid for the player, which could see Steve Guinan and cash move the other way.

November 11 1999

Scimeca To Miss Sunday: It looks like Riccy Scimeca will miss Sunday's game against Huddersfield through a knee injury. The injury forced him out of last weeks game against Norwich.

November 10 1999

Guinan Off To Cambridge: Steve Guinan, Forest's forgotten striker looks set to move to Cambridge United. The striker, who has had six loan spells away from The City Ground since 1995 looks set for a permanent move at last.

November 7 1999

More Names Linked To Striker Role: More names are being linked to the Strikers role by the press this weekend. Depending which paper you read then Forest are linked with moves for Dean Sturridge, Mikkel Beck (please God, NO!) or Efan Ekoku.

November 6 1999

Merson On His Way: It is rumoured today that David Platt has approached Aston Villa about bringing his old team mate Paul Merson to Forest on loan. Merson, like Steve Stone and Stan Collymore is one of the expensive buys that now find themselves languishing down the pecking order at Villa. Although the move for Merson has been made by Platt it is understood that Villa chairman Doug Ellis is unlikely to let him come on loan as he is looking to raise cash by selling some of John Gregory's expensive flops.

November 4 1999

Palmer Gets His Way: Carlton Palmer looks to have come to an agreement with Forest over his future. He will sign for Coventry City permanently on December 18 when his three month loan period ends.

November 3 1999

Bassett Wants Edwards: Barnsley boss Dave Bassett has now stepped into to try and hijack Bristol City's move for Forest defender Christian Edwards.  Edwards, who has been told he has no future at Forest, was due to move to Bristol City when he recovers from his current injury. Bassett has now stepped in and told him that he does not need to drop down a division to resurrect his career. 

It is thought that David Platt and City Boss Tony Pulis had already reached an agreement over the defender, so only time will tell whether or not Bassett's intervention will pay off for him.

November 2 1999

Stanley's Coming Home: Apparently, and if you believe everything you hear on the radio and read in the press, Stan Collymore could be on his way back to Forest in a controversial loan move which could, if everything works out, turn into a permanent move.

David Platt say's he has a list of target strikers and 'Stan is very high on that list'. John Gregory, the Villa manager is desperate to off load the striker who has already spent three months on loan with Fulham. Platt, sees Collymore as a replacement for Ian Wright who left The City Ground last week to join Celtic.

November 1 1999

Burns Weighs Up Move: John Burns is weighing up a £100,000 move to Bristol City after holding talks with the club over the weekend. He travelled down to Bristol on Friday to 'check things out'.

If Burns does decide to go then the move will become part of the Brennan transfer deal. However, should he decide to stay at Forest it will not affect the Brennan deal.



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