Garry Birtles: Billy Davies and Fawaz Al Hasawi could be perfect match at Nottingham Forest
EVERYONE makes mistakes. All of us, at some point in our lives, have done things that we would do differently, given the opportunity again.
What matters is that you learn from them; that you grow as a person.
Hopefully, that is something that both Fawaz Al Hasawi and Billy Davies will consider, as Nottingham Forest enter into a new era.
Because, if they do, it cannot only be a new era, but also the start of a bright new one that could bring success back to the City Ground. It really could.
Let me explain.
Firstly, I won't beat around the bush.
The club's owner may insist that he has not interfered with the management decisions made at the club.
But, unless you can convince me that Khalid Al Rashidi was at the top of Alex McLeish's shopping list or even that of Sean O'Driscoll, I will struggle to fully grasp that argument.
I am not sure that Kuwait would have been the first port of call for either manager, if they were looking for a new goalkeeper.
Don't get me wrong, that is not a reflection on the player. He may thrive in English football. We will wait and see.
My point is not about him, or his qualities as a player, but over how he arrived in England, which was clearly a plan to boost Forest's profile in Kuwait – and clearly a plan that did not have its roots within the manager's office.
Again, there is nothing wrong with that, not when you have just spent a lot of money to buy a football club.
As long as there is no pressure put on to fast-track him into the first team, it is actually a positive step.
But, after the game last Saturday, O'Driscoll intimated that interference had been an issue.
And the fact McLeish left, after just 40-odd days in charge, citing "a difference in the understanding of the development strategy of the football club" pretty much suggests the same.
The way McLeish wanted to do things was not the same as the owners' view on the future blueprint.
But the point I am getting to is actually a positive one.
Having been through two managers – or three if you include Steve Cotterill, who was dismissed within days of the sale of the club – since July, perhaps Fawaz is realising a different approach is required with the fourth man to take the helm permanently.
The appointment of Davies as the next manager would certainly suggest that to me.
Because, if one thing is categorically not in doubt, it is that, if you do hope to have a big say in team affairs, you would not appoint Billy.
He is a strong man who likes to do things his own way.
Again, that is not a criticism. It has been his strength in the past. He is very much his own man.
And, for that reason alone, it was an appointment that raised a few eyebrows. Fireworks, you initially thought, would soon be on the horizon.
But, if Fawaz is willing to take more of a back seat – and the clauses in Davies' contract that state clearly he is in charge of team affairs, would suggest he is – just maybe there can be a harmonious relationship between the two.
Because, maybe he has learned a thing or two from the last time he was here as well.
Billy came back stating he has unfinished business.
And I can believe he does feel that way.
Because Forest came so close to winning promotion last time he was here.
Two successive play-off finishes is nothing to be sniffed at in what is a very tough division.
They might not have got to the final on either occasion, but they were also in contention for automatic promotion, at times, under his control.
Had he been backed with signings in either January window, he may well have steered them over the finishing line.
Things may have been different. He might never have left.
But one of the reasons why he did leave was because of that fractious relationship with the then club hierarchy.
Again, that was a two-way street. Davies did deserve better support.
But he was also very vocal in his complaints when he wasn't.
There were times when there was a danger that a war of words would break out between the manager and the hierarchy of the same club.
Davies' complaints were justified, yes. But the end result was ultimately the termination of his relationship with the club. He lost his job.
This time around, things could be different. If he has backing, perhaps he could steer the club over the finishing line, into the Premier League.
If he can forge a healthy relationship with Fawaz, the two of them could be a force to be reckoned with.
Fawaz has already demonstrated he is willing to support the club, financially, with the number of signings he has sanctioned and the quality of those players.
And Davies knows how to build a successful side; he puts together promotion challenges.
If both men can learn; if both can grow as a result of their previous experiences, it could actually prove to be a match made in heaven for Nottingham Forest.