Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has responded to recent speculation in the Nottingham Post.
Reports on several issues, ranging from the backing Freedman has received from owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi to the club’s activity in the recent transfer window, prompted the manager to tell Forest Player HD: “Before we go into the Leeds fixture, I want to clear up a few things that have been reported in the Nottingham Post.
“I’m always very grateful for the chairman’s support. When we were in tough times he was the one who backed us and made sure things stayed stable on the pitch. I value that support. We are on an unbeaten run and I think we’ve all got to take credit for that, chairman included, in terms of how we stuck together.
“In January we had a few reports of players coming and going - different situations. We did have a bid in for Jamie Paterson but we felt it was nowhere near our valuation and we have the right to turn that down.
“Kyle Ebecilio moved on. He was a player I wanted for some time. I spoke to the chairman and, once again, got support in bringing him in. Unfortunately it didn’t work and that’s what happens sometimes. He wasn’t going to play in our team and sometimes you’ve got to hold your hands up and say ‘It didn’t quite work out’.
“As a football club we are working very hard to come out of the embargo and we’ve put a lot of measures in place to do that in the summer. There was speculation regarding certain players coming in on loan in January. We do have a recruitment database and there were some players reported, the right players, by the Nottingham Post. But at no time did we get any further in terms of bringing them in - in fact I didn’t have a conversation on the players with the chairman at all because the parent club didn’t want to release them, so therefore we couldn’t get them.
“There’s only one way we’re going to achieve playing in a higher division, and that’s together. Hopefully, with the support of the chairman, that will be achievable and the players and fans can come together and we can be a successful group.”
Freedman had positive news to report on Britt Assombalonga and Henri Lansbury, who he hopes will both return to action before the end of the season, and is confident the players available to him tomorrow can continue the side’s excellent league form.
The manager said: "We’ve got a certain expectation now of delivering a performance that can get you points.
"We now feel we can go to most places and perform, and hopefully that’s good enough to pick up points starting with Leeds tomorrow.
"It’s going to be tough, they play with good quality individually, but we think if we stick together as a team and have a good structure we can build on the wonderful results we’ve been having away from home."