Former Nottingham Forest defender Steve Chettle says he thoroughly enjoyed facing his old club during yesterday's pre-season friendly with Ilkeston.
Having made the move to The New Manor Ground in December to take up the assistant manager's role, Chettle admits he is relishing every moment of his new challenge.
He said: "I'm thoroughly enjoying my time at Ilkeston so far. It is very different working with senior players for a change but it is a role that I'm loving at the moment.
"It has been a great day playing against my old club for the first time. Last year I was sat in the away dugout with the first team and now I'm on the other side of the fence."
The Robins turned in a gallant display in yesterday's 4-0 defeat to The Reds
and Chettle says he has high hopes for both his present and former employers in the upcoming campaign.
He said: "I thought our boys were great. The first half was fairly close and we thought we perhaps could and should have had a penalty. We held our own for 75 minutes but experience and fitness told in the end.
"Forest have a lot of experience in their squad and they've made a couple of good additions including the big striker Veldwijk who looked strong. Hopefully they'll do really well this season.
"I spoke to Stuart before and after the game and he's offered to help us out throughout the season if we need it. It is a really nice relationship to have both with Stuart and with Nottingham Forest."
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