Former Nottingham Forest forward Simon Cox has outlined one manager he loved and one manager he knew wouldn’t work from the off during an interview with the Garibaldi Red podcast.
The ex-talisman recently retired and he’s delivered a no holds barred interview and it makes interesting reading.
Unsurprisingly, Billy Davies is the manager he worshipped on Trentside. Cox has heaped praise on the fiery Scot for his work on the training ground.
The man who played 82 times for the club has claimed that he knew Alex McLeish was destined to fail following his first meeting with the players.
Despite a pretty short time of things at the City Ground, Cox did enjoy a pretty decent relationship with the Forest fan base.
Now his playing career is behind him, he’s been discussing a pair of managers.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “Alex McLeish held his first meeting in the dressing room which was fine but we were in our environment and he needed to be in his.
“His first meeting didn’t fill you with confidence.”
Cox’s feelings on Davies were much higher though.
He continued: “I loved him. Thought he was amazing to work for. He was very intense.
“You didn’t know what you’d get each day, but as a coach, very good. He got everyone believing that what he said was gospel, but his paranoia didn’t help him along the line.”
Cox has a point but it’s no surprise Davies hasn’t worked since leaving Forest
Quite simply put, Davies comes with far too much baggage. As a result, it’s no surprise that no club has gone near him since he departed Forest.
The former Preston boss had his team playing some lovely football during both spells in charge and it was a shame he couldn’t achieve promotion.
Cox is right to praise his man-management techniques and as a football manager, he can’t really be knocked.
Ultimately, he brings a lot of negative PR with him and for that reason, it’s no surprise to see him remain out of work.
Cox only managed 14 goals in the Garibaldi but his work rate was never in question.
He enjoyed a sound Championship career and was a decent bit of business by Forest at the time of his arrival.