Sean O’Driscoll knows just how stern a test managerless Blackburn will provide for his Nottingham Forest side when they visit The City Ground this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).Rovers boss Steve Kean walked out on Rovers last week, even though the Lancashire side are currently riding high in the Championship.
They have shrugged off the disappointment of their relegation from the Premier League last season to mount an unbeaten start to their league campaign away from home.
And O’Driscoll insists: “They are a team that, despite all the on-goings and things that have surrounded them, are probably on track for what they want to achieve.
“For a manager to come out as boldly as Steve Kean did to say that our aim is to get promotion sticks everyone on the same page. Everybody knows what they’ve got to do.
“Although you can say what you want, it’s your behaviour that will dictate what you actually achieve and their behaviour would suggest they are prepared to do the work.
“You’ve got to give them some credit and you’ve got to give Steve some credit as well.
“I’m not privy to what has gone on but this is as difficult a game as we could have.”
Kean’s reign as Blackurn boss came to an end on Friday, just hours before Rovers went head-to-head with Charlton at The Valley.
O’Driscoll added: “I was dismissed from a job 24 hours after the Chairman came out and said to all and sundry that I was safe, so nothing surprises me in football at all.
“I’ve known Steve since he was youth team manager at Reading and he’s a very good coach.
“I’m sure he has had his reasons and he picked his time – at least you dictate when the button gets pushed by pushing it yourself.
“In our job that’s a good way to go, better than getting a phone call at 6 o’clock in the morning telling you to clear your desk.”