Nottingham Forest Under 21s coach Charlie McParland is delighted to be back in football and says his return to The City Ground came as ‘a bonus’ for him.The Scot spent ten years as part of The Reds’ backroom staff before taking the managerial reigns at Notts County in 2007, but now he’s back and looking forward to the challenge ahead.
Speaking exclusively to Forest Player, he said: “It’s nice to be back out on the training pitch working with players, management and staff and it’s a bonus to return to a fantastic football club like Nottingham Forest.
“The ten years I spent here were a great learning curve for me – starting at the bottom with the Under 13s and eventually working my way up to caretaker manager alongside Frank Barlow.
“I recognise a lot of old faces in the offices and on the ground staff. Players come and go but the place is still much the same – a proper football club.”
Although his title of Under 21s coach dictates that he will be heavily involved in the development of Forest’s youngsters, McParland will also have regular involvement in first team matters.
He said: “I do little bits with the first team and travel with them on a match day. I coach the Under 18s/21s and act as a go-between for the Academy and Billy Davies so all parties know everythig that’s going on.
“I work very closely with Gary Brazil and Steve Chettle – we’re all together.”
Click here to watch Charlie’s full interview on Forest Player.