Chris Burke: Dougie Freedman is still travelling to Italy to become a better coach

Nottingham Forest star Chris Burke has suggested Dougie Freedman is the man who can lead the club into the Premier League.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Burke has stressed the significance of Dougie Freedman’s new contract for the club to Forest Player.

Burke has suggested Freedman’s new two-year deal benefits the club and he feels the Scot is the man who will eventually get the team into the Premier League.

“He’s a coach and a manager and I think you can see since he’s come in, what he’s given the team and what he’s given to individuals,” said Burke.

“We believe he’s the man who will get us into the Premier League – He goes to Italy every year and learns there still.”

Freedman had a good start to life at Forest, preventing the dip in form which had developed under old manager Stuart Pearce and he needs to work hard to stop a poor run of form, which has started to develop under his own tenure.

He’s going to be fully tested in terms of his persuasive skills this summer, because Forest need to improve their quad in difficult circumstances to ensure they are a strong force and ready to compete for Premier League promotion next season.

It’s encouraging that, as Burke suggests, Freedman is continuing to learn about coaching from trips to Italy (the Evening Standard reported his initial trips in 2012) , a country, which is well known for the tactics involved in the game to win matches of football.

Hopefully he can use that to his advantage next season to keep Forest in a position around the top of the table where they are competitive.

The club certainly has the infrastructure of a side capable of competing near the top of the table and he’s not done a bad job so far in terms of that balance between being a passionate manager and an active coach.

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