Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has made a great start to life at his new club.
Forest have secured ten points from his first four games in charge, sending them into the match against Bournemouth this evening in great form.
Another three points this evening and one or two fans may start to feel that the play-offs are a realistic aim for the rest of the season.
That presents the first real challenge that Freedman will have to deal with positively, creating a number of issues for him.
If Forest sneak into the play-offs, they’ll be under real pressure because of the size and stature of the football club.
It’s a pressure that Freedman isn’t experiencing at the moment and the play-offs also create possible challenges for him in terms of lifting his players, if they don’t go well.
However, for Forest to sneak a play-off place, they’ll need a virtually perfect run of form over the rest of the season.
The second challenge which he’ll have to get to grips with is how he can develop his squad this summer.
His hands have been tied in terms of loans by the transfer embargo currently hanging over the club and it will be interested to see how much time and attention he diverts into the youth system at the club.
If he gets it right, Forest can benefit from youth team players frequently coming into the first team because it creates a strong spine running through the team.
The transfer and financial situation is something he’s already been very bullish about, as reported by the Guardian.
He seems content with what he has, with the direction Forest are going in and if he can dodge potential obstacles created by the above challenges, Forest will be in great shape.