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Reid: 'A Fantastic Appointment'

20 July 2012

Andy Reid has expressed his delight at the appointment of Sean O'Driscoll and says the whole Nottingham Forest squad feels the same.

O'Driscoll is a familiar face for the players having spent five months of last season as First Team Coach at The City Ground.

"We're all delighted." said Reid. "He really impressed us when he came in at the end of last season. Out of all the names that were mentioned, no disrespect to anyone, Sean was the one that, as a group of players, we were more than happy with.

"We were asked what we thought about him and straight away we said he'd be a really good appointment. He showed us what he is all about and has the respect and trust of the players."

A number of high-profile names had been linked with the post but Reid believes the owner's recruitment policy was correct.

"It's easy to get sucked into picking a manager because of his name, especially with the club having just been taken over," he conceded. "We're all absolutely certain that Sean is the right man for the job, so credit to the owners for being strong and sticking with what they believe in. If everything continues in that mould then we'll definitely be moving forward."

O'Driscoll's teams have a reputation for playing good football but Reid revealed that there is another side to his new boss: "He likes to get the ball down and play football but, at the same time, when he came in last season and things weren't going particularly well for us it wasn't all about being pretty, getting the ball down and playing football - it was about organisation.

"We were very organised towards the back end of last season and that gave us the opportunity to produce some of the football we did.

"We had lots of video meetings, chats about positional play, set pieces - it probably made everybody a bit more accountable for their own jobs.

"It's a vitally important part of the game in the Championship. You need to be organised - you can't give away silly goals, you have to make teams earn them."

During times of uncertainty it is easy to forget those left behind to hold fort.

One of those men was Assistant Manager Rob Kelly and Reid has nothing but praise for his recent work: "Rob's been absolutely fantastic, we all absolutely love him here.

"The physios have been great. They've got an excellent knowledge of the fitness side and have put on some fantastic sessions. "I would say we're an awful lot fitter than we were at this stage last season.

"It just feels like everything is starting to come together. Once we get a few more players in, everything will be starting to look good."

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