The Scot has revealed that he gives players setbacks so he can judge how they react on the training field, as they try to deal with it.
It’s an interesting approach but one which allows Freedman to judge the character and determination of a player in terms of how much they want to try and make an impact at the City Ground.
“I think mentality is very important and how they (youngsters) react to setbacks – It’s about their attitude to work every single day in training when I possibly give them a setback,” said Freedman.
“These are small things I’ve worked on with my coaching to help younger players come along.”
It’s a risk because younger players are less developed mentally and may suffer a blow in confidence when they hear something negative coming at them from the club’s manager.
Freedman doesn’t have to be deliberately brutal when he gives players setbacks. He doesn’t have to look to take down their confidence and can be more subtle in the process.
All he has to do is suggest an area a player needs to work on or plant a seed of doubt in a weakness he’s noticed, with the emphasis on the player to work with the manager to become stronger as a result.
It’s all geared towards ensuring that any player in the Forest first team ranks is a determined individual focused on the success of the team and giving his absolute best.