Nottingham Forest coaches Jimmy Gilligan and Steve Sutton have provided positive feedback on The Reds’ stay in Sweden so far.The pair will carry out first-team duties this season after stepping up from the academy to work with manager Dougie Freedman in the latter part of the 2014-15 campaign.
And Gilligan is delighted with what he has seen in Scandinavia, from the application of the players to the facilities at their disposal.
He told Forest Player HD: “The boys have been worked very hard by the gaffer, Lennie, Steve and myself. They’ve bought into what the gaffer wants to be done in the early part of pre-season. There have been no moans or groans and they’re looking sharp.
“The hotel is wonderful. It’s not over the top, it’s not too comfortable, but it’s absolutely perfect. What we need is here.
“The training ground is lovely. It’s out of the way in a secluded area and we’ve got enough equipment. The people can’t do enough for you, there is a great big swimming pool and a lovely gym which we’re utilising.
“It’s a nice place to be and it all bodes well for a good start to pre-season.”
Sutton already has a strong relationship with all the club’s goalkeepers and is currently enjoying working with youngster Jordan Smith, Bulgarian Dimitar Evtimov and experienced Dutchman Dorus de Vries, who he says is looking sharp in training.
Sutton said: “He’s come back really fit and with the bit between his teeth. He looks as if he’s really enjoying his work - he’s happy about the place.
“Dimitar just wants to do everything, and then more and more again. He has put his lot into everything we’ve done out here. We’ve had some fun and games and he’s one who really, really wants to win.
“Jordan’s come through the ranks right from the age of nine and he’s doing really well. He had a full season at Ilkeston, playing 62 games in men’s football which was a good learning curve for him.
“We’ve brought him out here for experience and to probably get a little gametime before looking to get him out on loan again.”
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