I don't like Mondays....

After a weekend of hope and promise, the first day of the new week has offered quite the opposite.

Firstly, the man who most wanted to replace Steve Cotterill, big Mick McCarthy, has ruled himself out of the race to be our new boss.

There are mixed views on why it's happened, all that's confirmed is he won't be coming. According to talkSPORT, the move fell through as he deemed himself to be bigger than the job and wasn't prepared to go through interviews to get it.

I guess his reasons will become clear in due course.

This has now put other less 'iconic' managers back in the frame with Darren Ferguson rumoured to be the favourite.

Interestingly, the board are in rumoured talks with Akos Buzsaky following his release from QPR and numerous Kuwaiti journalists were saying we've 100% signed a European Left Back and an ex-Forest playmaker, the latter believed to be Jermaine Jenas.

It all seems pie in the sky and I guess crap rumours from Kuwaiti journalists may be something we'll get used to when they get a few wrong. If the Jenas one does materialise, it's a clear sign of ambition and my fellow writer called this move over a week ago...go us!

Either way, with no manager, the board are signing players regardless, despite what was said in the press conference on Saturday.

Its becoming apparent the Al Hasawi's are taking a continental route to the set up of the club if any of these deals come off. They buy the players, a coach comes in to make them play. The coach could well be Hoddle, who is rumoured to now be holding talks with the board tomorrow.

I'm sure by Friday, we'll know who the manager or coach will be and how things will go.

Shortly after the McCarthy news broke, Chris Gunter was the top trend on twitter in the UK. The reason why? A fee had been agreed for him to talk to Reading.

Chris would of course be a big loss to our defence and while the deal isn't set in stone, it's looking likely.

If we've got a ridiculous fee for him, great. Every player has their price and all that but if there is anything in our speculated £20m budget, why do we need to sell?

Let's not forget, I imagine Gunter is ambitious and as a fully fledged Welsh international, has aspirations to be a Premier League player. Maybe the good vibes from McCleary and a rise in wages may finally twist his arm to go.

Gunts' departure would also mean any new manager would have to buy a whole new defence. Amazing when you think we've lost our main RB and our four centre halves in a year.

This would leave us with Maloney, Lascelles and Freeman for a defence with an average age of 21.

Let's see what the Forest rumour mill spurns up tomorrow. As it stands, it's the only thing we have to go on.

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