It’s 10 years to the day since Nottingham Forest appointed Billy Davies for the second time and Simon Gillett has reacted in comical style on Twitter. Fawaz Al-Hasawi made the appointment just days after Alex McLeish had departed following a short spell.
Davies 2.0 wasn’t quite the fairytale it was meant to be. He failed to get Forest into the play-offs and won 25 of his 59 in charge, with a win ratio of 42%. The controversial former boss was sacked after a 5-0 loss to Derby County in 2014.
The manager who has spent over two years with the club before was supposed to revive the fortunes. For a little while he did on the field but away from the green bit he simply alienated too many people and would randomly do strange things.
For Gillett, his arrival signalled the beginning of the end. He made 68 appearances for the club during his two-year stay at the City Ground but didn’t feature after Davies has rejoined the club for a second time.
The player was a reliable performer. He would keep things neat and tidy in the midfield engine room and he was signed to try and replace the quality Paul McKenna.
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After leaving Forest he would play for Bristol City, Yeovil and Peterborough before retiring in 2016. These days, he’s a scout at Premier League giants Chelsea.
Gillett reacts to Davies anniversary in comical style on Twitter
The midfielder is clearly a brilliant character. He has taken to Twitter to poke fun at the anniversary of Davies arriving at the club claiming it was the end of his time at Forest.
Davies didn’t fancy the midfielder from the off. He never picked the maestro and instead loaned him out to Bristol City to continue playing regular football.
Some of the early results when Davies returned were good. Things soon turned sour though and ultimately he was forced out after the drubbing to Derby back in 2014.
Gillett signed as a man who Sean O’Driscoll knew well. He served the club well and never disappointed the supporters when he did pull on the Garibaldi.