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Nottingham Forest chairman says Dougie Freedman has a three month deal at club

However, Fawaz Al Hasawi seems happy with his appointment.

Nottingham Forest recently replaced Stuart Pearce as manager. The club had slipped into a poor run of form under the club legend, which he struggled to pull them out of. With that the case, chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi relieved him of his duties.

Hours later and Forest had replaced him with yet another former Nottingham Forest man. Dougie Freedman had recently been sacked as Bolton Wanderers boss but had a good record from his time at Crystal Palace and therefore Al Hasawi gave him the nod.

But now it is becoming clear that not all is as it seems with the appointment of Freedman, as Al Hasawi confirmed to the Nottingham Post last night that the manager's contract was only until the end of the current season.

The Forest chairman stated:

"Dougie has started three games and we have seven points, so the results are doing the talking, I do not need to say whether Dougie is doing well or not.

"We signed him only for three months. At the end of the season, we will decide if he will continue for next season or he will decide, even. He wanted it to be this way.

"He will sign for three months and then we will decide in May if he is going to continue for next season. Then perhaps we will look at another contract for two or three years.

"This is only the beginning. He has a three month contract for now, with the option of another year. I hope that he stays here for ten years. I really do. I do not want him to leave Forest, if he is doing well."

This certainly contradicts the press release from the club website on the 3rd of February. That report stated quite clearly that Freedman had signed an 18 month contract to work for the club.

The current Forest owners have certainly got through plenty of managers during their relatively short tenure at the City Ground, although most would agree Pearce was not going to turn things around at the club.

It now seems that if Freedman does not keep up his current form, seven points from his first three games in charge, he could join the scrapheap at the club.

Hopefully for Forest, and Al Hasawi, this appointment works out and Freedman is the manager of the club for many years to come.

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