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Earnshaw on play-offs, mentality and coaching

4 April 2020

In the second part of our interview with former Nottingham Forest striker Robert Earnshaw, we spoke to him about the play-off chasing sides he played in and how they compare to the current crop, as well as his future off the pitch as a coach...

Robert Earnshaw was a pivotal member of the sides that went so close to promotion in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

The Welshman scored 26 goals across those two seasons and knows what it takes to be in the promotion hunt, but says there are some differences between the talented sides he played in for The Reds and Sabri Lamouchi’s side this season.

"To be honest, I don't really see too many similarities between the team we had back then and the current Forest team,” he said. “Our side was built very much on its attacking abilities and the confidence we had going forward, almost a mentality of 'if you score three then we'll score four'. We had some real quality going forwards and that is why we managed to achieve results like the 5-1 win against Leicester.

"This season, Sabri Lamouchi has put together a team which is really difficult to beat and their resilience is what impresses me most. There have been times this season where they haven't been at their best but they've still taken something from those games because their attitude has been top-class. Defensively they have been very strong this season and on top of that they have some great options at the other end of the pitch with players who can score goals.

"Whenever the season gets going again, it will take a monumental effort from Forest to break into that top two but the play-offs are absolutely achievable. They have been there or thereabouts for the majority of the season so they certainly deserve to finish in the top six at the very least. It will be tough for the players when they come back from such a long break but they will just need to try and reset for one last push."

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Since hanging up his boots in January 2016 after a spell in the MLS with Vancouver Whitecaps, Earnshaw has made the step into coaching the next generation. He coached in the youth ranks in Vancouver, before coaching Fresno FC in the USA and continues to learn the ropes as he looks for his next challenge.

He said: "For me it is a case of waiting for the right project to come along, wherever that may be in the world. I really enjoy my coaching and at the minute I'm studying for my UEFA Pro Licence so this break is giving me the opportunity to concentrate on that and learn plenty of new things which will help towards that.

"It was a great experience for me to come back to Forest a couple of months ago and do some coaching sessions alongside Chris Cohen and the Under 23s. I'm still really good friends with Chris so it was nice to come back and help some of the young strikers within his group and I was very thankful for that opportunity. 

"There are always plenty of opportunities out there in the football world but I want to find a project that is right for me and that will help me develop further as a coach. I've travelled around the world gaining knowledge and experience from other coaches and now it's about putting that into practice."

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