NO EX­CUSES FOR PLAY­ERS – FREED­MAN

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Pippa Field

DOUGIE Freed­man has laughed off fears the man­age­rial in­sta­bil­ity at Not­ting­ham For­est has un­set­tled his play­ers – and says he is ready for the chal­lenge of life in the City Ground hot-seat.

The 40-year-old be­came the sev­enth new For­est manager in two-and-a-half years when he took over last week af­ter Stu­art Pearce’s sacking.

But the ex-For­est striker is con­vinced his play­ers have not been un­nerved by the con­stant changes.

“I am not too sure that play- ers get too fussed about that th­ese days. Play­ers only tend to worry about two or three things,” he said.

“They worry about whether they are play­ing on Satur­day, about whether they are get­ting paid at the end of the month and whether the manager likes them.

“They will soon know if I like them, they will soon know if they are play­ing, be­cause I will tell them that – and they will get paid.

“I think the club have a good bunch of play­ers, we just need to get them to work a lit­tle bit; to fo­cus on what is needed.

“We need to make sure they are com­mit­ted to the team and do not have any hid­den agen­das or is­sues.”

For­est face winnable games against bot­tom two Wi­gan and Black­pool this week, but the ex-Palace and Bolton boss said: “This is the hard­est league in the world – an opin­ion that is backed up by many top coaches.

“Win five games and you will be around the top six, but lose five and you will be down the bot­tom. It is about con­sis­tency and mo­men­tum.”

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