Davies: I’ll pick Forest team

Billy Davies is not worried about Nottingham Forest’s owners
interfering in how he manages the team.

It is thought that both of Davies’ predecessors – Sean
O’Driscoll and Alex McLeish – left the City Ground at least partly
because of the Al-Hasawi family attempting to have a say in
first-team affairs.

However, Davies insists that will not be a problem for him as he
has it in writing that he is in complete control of the playing
side of things.

“That was the offer, it did not have to be requested or
demanded,” the Scot told reporters on Monday at his first press
conference since succeeding McLeish on Thursday.

“I never asked about that or had the conversation about it.
Fawaz (Al-Hasawi, chairman) made it absolutely clear he wanted me
to manage the football club, to manage Forest and try to get the
club into the Premier League.

“I did not need clarification, not a word, it was there in black
and white.”

Davies, back at Forest 20 months after he was sacked by the old
regime, added: “A manager just wants to manage the football team,
not necessarily manage the club, just the football team.

“That’s what he is employed to do, to manage the quality of the
squad and what you need within it.

“If you get that, you don’t mind what happens in the