The two major challenges facing Dougie Freedman at Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest's new manager has some big challenges over the next couple of months.

It’s been quite a big 24 hours for Nottingham Forest after the BBC confirmed Stuart Pearce was out and Dougie Freedman was in as manager.

Pearce oversaw a good start to the season for Forest but he wasn’t able to get the team playing consistently, which saw them slide down the table and away from the play-off places.

Whether Freedman will have any more success than Pearce remains to be seen but there are two major challenges facing him as he steps into his new role.

The first is repairing the team’s season and having a crack at getting Forest into a good position in terms of the play-off places.

The team is currently 13 points away from the top six, which presents a real challenge for the club in terms of chasing that gap down over the next few months.

The obvious way that Freedman can close that gap is through consistency in performances and getting his team doing the basics effectively in defence and attack.

The second major challenge he’ll face comes on the transfer front considering the embargo the club is currently under, as reported by the BBC.

His hands are tied in terms of being able to reinvest any cash the club might generate today in terms of selling players, because Forest aren’t allowed to pay fees for players.

However, he can make loan additions if he feels he needs squad cover and it will be interested to see if he brings any one in via that route.

Freedman will also have one eye on the transfer market in the summer, as he tries to judge what sort of shape he wants the team to be in by that point.

It’s an important few months for the new boss, but Forest’s season certainly isn’t over.

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