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Bassett is eased out by player power; Van Hooijdonk saga was a major factor in sacking of Forest manager
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The Herald - Glasgow (UK)
Author: Gallacher, Ken
Date: Jan 6, 1999
Start Page: 29
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Dave Bassett was sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest yesterday following their FA Cup defeat against Portsmouth, when just more than 10,000 fans were at the City Ground to see the Premiership's bottom- placed team continue their disastrous run.

Although Bassett had gone 17 games without a success, and Portsmouth are close to bankruptcy, it was still difficult not to feel sympathy for the man who had guided Brian Clough's team - and Forest will always been seen as his team - back into the Premiership and then found himself a victim of player power and also, of a plc board, whose main interest is in presenting a solid balance sheet to the city.

Between the selfish and eccentric behaviour of former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk - Bassett's major buy in the transfer market at #3.5m - and the equally selfish and pragmatic behaviour of the directors, Bassett, a seemingly entirely honest, open, and hard- working manager, had no chance of survival.

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