Dougie Freedman tells Nottingham Forest: ‘I’m no miracle worker’

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has warned his new club he's no miracle worker, after being handed the difficult task of restoring their fortunes.

Freedman replaced Forest legend Stuart Pearce on Sunday, taking the reigns with the club sat 12th in the Championship, but just seven points above the Championship drop zone.

Pearce, a player at the City Ground for 12 years, had Forest top of the division in mid-September but a run of six defeats in seven games saw him sacked and he refused an alternative role at the club.

Freedman has signed a 18-month deal to with Forest to take over and will link up with assistant manager Lennie Lawrence, after the pair worked together at both Bolton Wanderers and Crystal Palace.

No miracle worker

Forest’s new manager had a warning at his first press conference as Forest boss though, telling BBC Sport: "I'm not a miracle worker. I'm looking over my shoulder to make sure we win and start going up the table.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to coach at a wonderful club with great history, a great squad and great facilities. We've to start winning games of football - that's the goal and then we can get confidence back in the squad and all go in the right direction."

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Working through adversity

Freedman’s tenure begins with the club in some turmoil as Pearce became owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi's fifth managerial casualty. Chief executive Paul Faulkner’s exit followed soon after, with Freedman also acutely aware that he'll have to operate under a transfer embargo for the time being.

However, Freedman is looking to bring good times back to the club this season if given time to work.

He said: "These players were flying high at the start of the season and there's no reason they can't get back up there."

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