Mark Proctor has a warning for Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman

Dougie Freedman is doing a fantastic job at Nottingham Forest, but Mark Proctor suggests that he should not take everything for granted.

Mark Proctor has written in GazetteLive that Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman will have a problem if he starts losing games.

The former 54-year-old midfielder made the comments before the Reds’ Championship game against Middlesbrough at the City Ground on Saturday.

“Stuart Pearce obviously was in the dugout at the start of the season and he started well, but then hit a dreadful run that cost him his job,” former Middlesbrough and Forest star Proctor wrote in GazetteLive.

“Now Dougie has enjoyed a similarly good start - and he’ll have to keep that going. That’s the nature of the game and if things don’t go right then you can be quickly on your way.”

Freedman led Forest to a 2-1 win against Middlesbrough to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic away from home.

The Scot has made a truly brilliant start at the City Ground, but Proctor’s warning is valid.

Stuart Pearce made a great start to his managerial stint at Forest, but it soon went south and the Englishman eventually had to lose his job.

No one is suggesting that the same will happen to Freedman anytime soon, but in football nothing can be said for sure.

Freedman was brought in at Forest to stop the slide down the table, and he has managed to do that perfectly.

In fact, the 40-year-old has actually given the Nottingham-based outfit an outside chance of finishing in the Championship playoffs.

That is probably unlikely, which means that the big test for Freedman will come next season. Forest are a big and ambitious club, and making to the playoffs next campaign will be the main objective.

If Freedman makes a poor start, then his job could well come under threat.

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