A New Sheriff In Nottingham

Ten minutes for Robbie Findley on Friday for Nottingham Forest after a return from a leg injury.

And a big thank you from TSG reader Justin King for passing along this “light reading” about Findley on a Nottingham Forest board. It’s not exactly knee-slapping, but…

Groundskeeper! Throw another coat on those endlines if you would!

22 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Hodey on 2011/04/23 at 12:48 AM

    hahahahah woooow….that’s so creepy. I can’t believe what they’re saying. It’s like a parallel dimension of Robbie Finley’s.


  2. Posted by Jared on 2011/04/23 at 2:43 AM

    That is hilarious. One guy actually said Findley “is an international quality player”. Other than Coach Sweats and Robbie’s mom I don’t think anybody else has ever said that. It’s going to be so sad for them when he uses his pace to run the ball over the endline again and again and again.


  3. Posted by Jake C on 2011/04/23 at 6:13 AM

    Ha I read this headline and thought I was going to jump to an English forum where they were organizing a Findley haters club already!

    Seriously good for him. Hope he proves me wrong.


  4. Posted by dth on 2011/04/23 at 7:22 AM

    I don’t want to be overly defensive of Robbie Findley, but isn’t it possible we’re just making him a scapegoat for all of our displeasures and he actually has some virtues? The Nottingham manager has been raving about him for the entire time since he’s signed him and now the fans seem to like it. Maybe it’s not the Nottingham fans who are wrong but us.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/04/23 at 9:34 AM

      Loaded commentary here. First this story is more about the fan sentiment. Secondly whether the Nottingham manager (and Bob Bradley and even Bocanegra before the World Cup) raved about Findley, two things are true. He hasn’t delivered at the international level and he makes the same mistakes.

      The “humor” is more about the commentary on him, but I don’t think anyone is making him a scapegoat.

      I had predicted both Findley and Bornstein make the national team and the problem is again, in front of massive media attention, the propensity to wilt at a key moment has unfortunately defined them.


      • Posted by JasonPrice on 2011/04/23 at 10:32 AM

        That. is. hysterical.
        My favorite comment:

        “Robbie Findlay is an international standard player and it showed immediately.

        His first touch looks very good but what impressed me most is the positions he took up. Instantly available, intelligent running and has a brain

        I am going to stick my neck out here and say right now that we have uncovered premiership player one way or another.”


      • Posted by dth on 2011/04/23 at 11:25 AM

        You may not be making Findley a scapegoat, but for many people he is.

        I’m not saying Findley isn’t inadequate, I’m just saying that perhaps we should rethink Findley a little bit when other people are raving about him.


        • Posted by K-Town on 2011/04/24 at 8:07 AM

          I have always like Findley, but agree he isn’t an intl caliber player due to his lack of finishing. However, I would hope that people in this world are capable of improving aspects of their lives. Hell, even CHAD BARRETT is finding the back of the net for my LAG’s! At first I was livid with Arena for bringing him in. Now Barrett is a hard working striker that can actually score a goal. Here is hoping that Findley, only 25, is finally figuring out how to finish a goal.


        • Posted by Steve Trittschuh on 2011/04/24 at 11:11 AM

          I think Forest fans are getting a little carried away from his 10 minute run-out.


      • Posted by Martin, on 2011/04/25 at 10:38 AM

        Findley has not produced for the USMNT but he has played very few games for them.

        Give the small sample size and the difficult circumstances under which that sample was obtained,the insanely high level of vitriol aimed at him says more about the level of US fan frustration with the forward situation than it does about Findley’s actual merits, such as they are.


  5. Posted by disco on 2011/04/23 at 12:17 PM

    It’s a new environment and a new coach for a young player. His situation now is not about the USMNT, it is about Nottingham. I know little about that team, but maybe he fits their needs, and a new environment/challenge opens up his potential. I HATED him on the USMNT, but he did get selected, so there has to be something there. I see no reason to limit optimism for the Nottingham supporters.


  6. Posted by mabferi on 2011/04/23 at 1:19 PM

    I agree this can only be good for Findley and hopefully the future of USMNT. He is, in fact, only 25.


    • Posted by Kevin on 2011/04/23 at 1:57 PM

      Which means he should be reaching his theoretical prime in about a year or two. I certainly don’t wish anything bad for him, but realistically I think we have all seen enough of him to know that things probably won’t change.


      • Posted by Martin on 2011/04/25 at 10:16 AM

        Then his “theoretical prime” (which is unknown to anyone at this point) would roughly coincide with the 2014 World Cup.

        Findley scored 29 goals for Real SL in 91 appearances. That is roughly a goal every three games, not too bad a ratio.

        Prior to 2010 his career path with them was one of improvement every year, peaking with 12 goals in the 2009 season.

        2010 Real Salt Lake City 24 games 5 goals
        2009 Real Salt Lake City 27 12
        2008 Real Salt Lake City 29 6
        2007 Real Salt Lake City 16 6

        My feeling would be he hit probably hit a speed bump for both RSL and the US in 2010.

        If the new situation and managerial support and encouragement continues, it is possible he could rebound and become a much better player than the whipping boy everyone loved to dump on in 2010.

        This is bad news for those of you who have already consigned him to the Outer Darkness where so many US fans love to consign those who displease them.


  7. Posted by Kevin on 2011/04/23 at 1:59 PM

    To be fair to Nottingham Forrest fans, they probably know that he went to the World Cup, and was a starter, so it only seems logical that they would be optimistic. Typically a World Cup vet will be playing in a top tier league, not the championship.


    • Posted by Martin on 2011/04/26 at 9:03 AM

      It seems as if you are saying Forest fans are naive, unsophisticated and prone to hype as opposed to the USMNT fans who have already consigned Findley to the dustbin of useless players.

      Unfortunately, this is very condescending on your part. After all this isn’t some backwater club with an ignorant fanbase.

      It’s early yet, why not give the them a chance to get a good representative sample for a more reasonable opinion before you start putting them down?

      It’s hardly unreasonable to think Findley may just have had a bad 2010 and a new better version is now emerging.


  8. Posted by Dikranovich on 2011/04/23 at 8:30 PM

    With some us fans it’s always, let’s see who we can discard next. Then there is following some caveat about not wishing I’ll on a player. What makes me real sick is Kyle martini and his broadcast of the la timbers game. A blatant hand ball goes in unmentioned then a questionable penalty is overly hyped. Very weak from the broadcast


  9. Posted by Soccernst on 2011/04/23 at 10:52 PM

    Thanks for the heads up he’s back on the field. I actually like his play and wouldn’t be surprised if he found success. Good luck in the playoff hunt Robbie. Would be so awesome to have Forrest back in the top flight!


  10. Posted by Izzy on 2011/04/24 at 10:22 AM

    Findley has always had good control and isn’t bad on the 1v1. He just struggles with the final ball. He’s had flashes where he ACTUALLY delivers the final ball, but other than that, as said before he’s inconsistent when it comes to performing when the “moment” arrives.

    That beign said, good to see him doing well with the minutes he is getting. Little steps.


    • Posted by Izzy on 2011/04/24 at 10:26 AM

      Moreover, didn’t Robbie have an injury between the end of the MLS Season and the World Cup? That could be the reason as to his poor form. It was either an injury or a condition. I think it was something like tendonitis. I’m not sure, but I remember hearing he wasn’t at full health prior to the World Cup


  11. It’s all relative and compared to a certain England striker, Findley had a pretty solid World Cup.

    An international player should look pretty damn good on a Championship club, no? His movement is good and he’s god speed so if he starts showing some final ball/finishing, he’d be a solid player, all told.


    • Posted by Martin on 2011/04/25 at 10:28 AM

      Many Championship teams have internationals. Forest itself has about 4 or 5 in addition to Findley.

      The upper level Championship clubs probably can compete quite nicely with the bottom third EPL clubs.

      If Findley does well for Forest, there is no reason to think he couldn’t play for the right club in the EPL, whichc might even be with Forest.


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