Nottingham Forest legend Nigel Clough thinks football might have missed a trick by postponing a full schedule of fixtures last weekend. The Mansfield Town has been quizzed on the situation by the Mansfield Chad.
Forest were due to play Leeds United last night; whilst Stags faced a mouthwatering home game against Bradford City at One Call Stadium.
Both games were cancelled in the wake of the sad passing of The Queen. Now, however, football has got the go-ahead to resume over the next week ahead of the state funeral next Monday.
Clough has seen it all during a long career that has seen him excel as a player and achieve some great things as a manager. He thinks that football might have missed a trick over the past weekend.
He told the Mansfield Chad: “It’s been a pretty solemn and sad few days for everybody.
“We were training on Friday at 11am so we only found out just after that the game would not go ahead. We gave the lads a weekend off.
“I completely understand the decision to cancel all of the games. The only slight counter to that is whether it would have given football an opportunity to come together on Saturday and pay their respects.
“When I saw the scenes at the cricket and other sporting events I just had a nagging doubt and thought we could have done something similar.”
Clough thinks football missed a trick
The man who bagged 131 goals for the Reds is probably right. Football would have done The Queen justice ten times over and perhaps the games should have gone ahead.
Ultimately, it probably was the right decision, however. Football has earned a bad reputation over the years and one or two clubs being disrespectful might have thrown the whole sport into disrepute.
Mansfield are back in action tonight when they face Carlisle United at One Call Stadium. They will then travel to Gillingham for a huge game on Saturday afternoon.
The Stags have made a solid start to the 2022/23 campaign and this season they will hope to claim a place in next season’s League One under the stewardship of Clough.
For Forest, they will play Fulham on Friday night. After that, the Reds will head into an international break and they will hope to claim a big three points first.
Clough is never backwards in coming forward with his comments and in that sense that apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In this instance, he’s absolutely right and perhaps football did miss a trick.