Sean O’Driscoll is unfazed by the expectation surrounding his Nottingham Forest side as they prepare to launch their Championship campaign.The Reds will launch their league season tomorrow against Bristol City at The City Ground (kick-off 3pm) after a tumultuous close season.
The club was bought by the Al Hasawi family; O’Driscoll replaced Steve Cotterill as manager and has proceeded to rebuild his squad by making eight signings.
Forest are being strongly tipped to figure prominently in the promotion race but O’Driscoll is adopting a typically level-headed approach to the new season.
“There’s an expectation throughout football, at every football club,” he told us.
“Whether it’s verbalised or kept quiet, there’s always an expectation.
“Those expectations are what they are – I can’t change that.
“Every owner of every football club would like to get promotion.
“Our owners have seen other people come into football and make mistakes, they are conscious of not doing that themselves.
“But you don’t buy Nottingham Forest to stabilise the club in the Championship.
“That might be the first stage but they think Nottingham Forest belongs in the top flight, as I’m sure the supporters do as well.
“How we get there and the processes that we put in place are what we need to concentrate on.”
O’Driscoll, meanwhile, is looking forward to the challenges that await him in his new role as Forest manager.
The former Bournemouth and Doncaster boss revealed: “I get excited about coming to work every day - I’m privileged to do a job that I enjoy.
“I left school and worked for five years before getting an opportunity in football and that never leaves you, getting up at six, catching two buses and clocking on.
“Because of that, I really appreciated what a fantastic opportunity I had been given when I came into football – and I still do, despite the stresses and strain and pressures.
“I’m privileged to do what I do and you won’t get me moaning about this that and the other.
“Each day I come into work thinking how can we improve, how can we get better and try and put that across to the players?”