Camp - Don't lie to fans

Forest keeper says fans are ready for tough financial times

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Lee Camp says Nottingham Forest fans deserve a more honest approach when it comes to the financial situation of the club.

Camp has been Forest's No.1 goalkeeper during a turbulent few months for the Championship side which has seen the appointment and resignation of Steve McClaren as well as the resignation of club chairman Nigel Doughty.

McClaren was frustrated during his ten games in charge afterwards stating he deserted his post because of the club's lack of ambition when it came to strengthening the squad.

Frank Clark, who played under Brian Clough and replaced him as manager in 1993, now takes on the chairman role with Doughty vowing to honour existing player contracts before severing financial ties.

Northern Ireland international keeper Camp believes Forest fans deserve to be told the truth about the financial constraints on new boss Steve Cotterill and the direction of the club.


"From a fans' point of view, you just want people to be honest and tell it how it is," Camp told Nottingham Post.

"If the board come out and say there is no money and no players, they might not like it but I am sure they can deal with it.

"We are all humans, we can get our heads around it. So as long as everyone is honest, it will be fine."

Former chairman Doughty stepped down after ten years in the role taking full responsibility for the ultimately disastrous appointment of McClaren but Camp credits his contribution during that time.

"What Nigel Doughty has done for this football club is fantastic and that can never ever be brought into question," he said.


"For anybody to invest that kind of money into a football club in ten years is brilliant, and three or four of those have been during a recession."

A bone of contention for fans was Doughty's decision to appoint a salaried panel, including David Pleat, to oversee new signings at a time when Forest secured few new players.

Camp continued: "People can gripe about acquisitions panels and the rest of it, but he [Doughty] has invested a lot of money and kept this football club going.

"From what I can gather, we compete pretty well in terms of paying salaries, we have competed quite well, especially this summer, in terms of bringing players in."