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One clear focus

3 February 2015

New Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he will expend all his energy ‘on the training ground’.

The Scotsman accepted the role on Sunday night and took his first training session this morning.

And, speaking for the first time in his new role, he told Forest Player he has a very clear short-term objective: “My energy is going to be spent on the training ground, hopefully the fans can respect that.

“We’re going to work with the players, I’m going to keep a low profile and make sure they understand what it means to play for Nottingham Forest. That is my objective from now until the end of the season.

“I want team commitment. I’ve got to get that into them very, very quickly. I’ve got to make sure they understand what responsibility they’ve got playing for such a big club.”

Freedman revealed that former Charlton and Cardiff City manager Lennie Lawrence will be coming in as his assistant.

He said: “He’s a vastly experienced, wonderful coach who helps me on the training ground.

“He has won over 1,000 games and has great experience as a manager.

“He’s been somebody I can turn to when times are good and bad – to keep your feet on the ground and to make sure you’re heading in the right direction.

“Bouncing ideas off Lennie has been fantastic for myself.”

Click here to watch Freedman’s first interview in full on Forest Player.


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