Kenny Burns: I want to see Billy give Nottingham Forest squad a good shake-up
TODAY, Billy Davies will step back onto the Wilford Lane training pitch for the first time after returning as manager of Nottingham Forest.
And how I want him to grab the bull by the horns, give that squad a big shake and get them on the right path.
They need something, they need a rocket up their backsides – and Davies is the man to do exactly that.
There has been a lot of unrest off the field, with Sean O'Driscoll's sacking on Boxing Day and then Alex McLeish's short reign.
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Forest have become a little bit of a laughing stock in recent weeks, given the George Boyd eyesight debacle and the owners, the Al Hasawi family, have come in for a lot of criticism.
Their response was to quickly turn to the man who took the Reds to two successive play-offs in the Championship but also a man out of work since the summer of 2011, when he was sacked by the former regime at the City Ground.
Davies' threadbare relationship with then chairman Nigel Doughty and the club's board totally broke down and he paid the price, as he felt the goalposts changed too often, as David Pleat and his transfer panel became a stick to beat the club with.
A lot has happened since then, not to mention the sad death of Doughty, and new owners are now at the helm.
But Davies is back. They say never return to a club but Davies feels he has unfinished business and I suspect he will be like a dog with a bone when he gets back out there today.
The fiery Scot has been a success at Preston, Derby and Forest and his personality is what is needed to get a side with a soft underbelly ticking again.
Davies brings passion and he might be loud, outspoken but for me, and I don't mean this disrespectfully, his mouth is probably his best weapon.
He needs to rattle that dressing room, create an us-against-them attitude.
He needs to turn them into a nasty, no-nonsense bunch who take no prisoners.
He is not a man you would want to cross as a player and it is that presence that will keep all his players on their toes.
And, maybe the owners have learned a lesson and, in appointing him, I hope they will give him full control of the club with no interference. If they start to interfere, I think we will hear about it.
In fact, I suspect Davies won't shut up about it so the Al Hasawis will probably take a step back now, I suspect. More fool them if they don't.
Davies is a bit like Neil Warnock in that he gets his players fired up, full of passion. There will be no going through the motions, as we have seen time and time again.
His first game is against Bolton this Saturday and it will be a first chance for the players to impress him. But I know for sure, unless the defence toughens up some will be replaced sooner rather than later.
For me, the opposition should fear your two central defenders, be wondering how on earth they are going to break them down.
Yet, Forest have been a soft touch at the back, afraid to put in a strong tackle half the time and that will soon be sorted on Davies' watch.
Forest are six points off that final play-off place, but 11 off fifth place and I feel it is too big a task now for Davies to get his side into the play-offs.
Obviously, he would be desperate to achieve such a feat and will go out to form that siege mentality among his squad to give them an outside chance.
But, realistically, now is about building momentum and figuring out what he will need to do this summer to be a huge success next time out.
That is what he did before and that is what he can do again.
As it stands now, after another dismal defeat at the weekend, somebody of Davies' character is exactly what is required to get a grip of the situation and turn the screw.
Grabbing the bull by the horns – that is the least he has to do from today to get this side firing, to develop a stubbornness and nastiness to help them be a success. Being nice does not win you promotions but being ruthless does.
And if anybody brings with them a ruthless streak, then it is that man Billy Davies.