Nottingham Forest star admits desire to become a manager amid injury concerns

Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Cohen says he wants a career in football management.

Nottingham Forest recently endured a tough spell under new manager Stuart Pearce, and whilst the defence struggled, their dip in form coincided with the absence of midfielder Chris Cohen.

Cohen, 27, has been a key player for Forest ever since his 2007 move from Yeovil Town, but his last few seasons have been ravaged by injuries.

After suffering a gruesome knee injury in 2011, Cohen suffered the same injury in 2013, and yet again this season, meaning his season has been cut short in the first three months of the season in three of the last four campaigns.

Concerns have been raised over Cohen's return to football, with some suggesting that he may be forced to retire in order to save his knees.

Now, Cohen has told the Nottingham Post that he wants a career in management - but not just yet, eyeing a return to playing in the near future.

"I would love to be a coach or a manager, I want to stay in football because I do love it," he says. "I am not bothered about admitting that. I watch as many games as I can, I enjoy going to games and getting involved as much as I can. I will do my coaching badges sooner rather than later."

"But I want to play for as long as I can. If I can stay away from injuries, I hope I can play for years and years yet. At the end of that, I will look at my options, when it comes to seeing how I can stay involved."

"I thought I could do my coaching badges the last two times I was out injured, but you end up being at the ground more often than when you were playing, because of the rehab work. But this time, because I know it will be nine months, I can take it a little easier and find time to do those perhaps even this summer," added Cohen.

Fans will be hoping that Cohen will make his return to playing, but there is a sense among fans that his career may be reaching an early end - which would be a huge blow for Forest.

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