Danny Fox suggests reason why Dougie Freedman has benefited Nottingham Forest

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The left-back seemed to suggest the club simply needed a new face.

Nottingham Forest have certainly had a tumultuous start to the new year. The club have seen results continue to slip, along with their position in the league table.

With that in mind they then saw manager Stuart Pearce out of the door. The club legend had started his Forest career with aplomb but soon enough he had become an untenable option at the City Ground.

The board moved quickly to replace him. Another Nottingham Forest veteran took the helm as Dougie Freedman inherited the reins. It was an appointment that certainly raised the odd eyebrow or two. The Scot had flunked at Bolton Wanderers. However, his Forest connection and reputation from his time at Crystal Palace convinced Forest he was the man for the job.

So far, he has proved a hit. Two games, six goals and two wins - not a bad start to a managerial position for the new gaffer.

After their most recent triumph, a 3-0 cruise against Wigan, one Forest player suggested that the club needed a change to get them out of their rut. Danny Fox told the official Nottingham Forest website: “The gaffer has got his own imprint that he wants to put on the team and I think it’s showing.

“He understands the players - the way we feel, the way we want to play and everyone is buying into it.

“We’ve always said we had the ability so maybe it’s confidence or just a new face, I don’t know what it is, but the gaffer has got his own input and him and Lennie Lawrence have come in and set a stall out.”

Fox, who has been a regular at Forest this season, hits the nail on the head. There is nothing new about this Forest team. It just seems that confidence was shot under Pearce, for reasons unknown or secretly known to those within the club.

But Freedman has put a rocket up their backside and in doing so reignited Forest's season. Another win at the weekend against Blackpool tomorrow and Forest are right back in the play-off race.

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