Freedman was appointed to replace Stuart Pearce, but it seems that Fawaz Al-Hasawi was not entirely certain over his appointment.
Although there is a clause in Freedman's contract which allows it to be extended should he be successful until the end of the season, the fact that he was brought in as such a short-term solution hardly suggests that Al-Hasawi was planning for the future.
It is further evidence of the revolving door policy that Forest have operated with in recent times and it seems to highlight a serious problem at the City Ground at the moment.
Forest have been through eight managers in the past three and a half years and they are craving stability rather than more change.
By offering Freedman such a short deal, there is no way they can plan for the future and start to implement a long-term strategy that the club so badly needs.
Forest have been languishing for far too long and have been in Premier League exile since 1997.
It simply isn't good enough for a club of their stature, but they will continue to fail if the approach is only to look at the immediate future.
Forest have to start formulating a ideology that means they start showing more foresight otherwise they are set to make the same mistakes over and over again and their stagnation in the Championship will only continue.