Freedman has said throwing money at the club’s pursuit of promotion obviously hasn’t worked, which has created a need for a more subtle approach to the situation looking ahead to next season.
“I’ve got to build something, it doesn’t happen overnight. We’ve tried that trick, throwing money at it, and it’s got us nowhere frankly,” said the Scot.
“I think it starts with the togetherness and the spirit, which I think has been here – I’ve got to add a little bit of quality and our starts need to be a little bit better as well.”
Adding quality in the transfer market is going to be difficult without the ability to pay big transfer fees.
Forest’s transfer activity is going to be heavily scrutinised following their controversial recent past, but Freedman does have the option of being able to target free agents and loan options from clubs above Forest.
He’s got to make sure he’s got all angles covered for the 2015/2016 campaign because the recent injuries the team has suffered have exposed the problems with his squad.
Starting matches well and preventing early goals from being conceded is vital. Forest can’t leave themselves with extra work to do, which is created when matches are automatically made more difficult by defensive errors.
If Freedman gets both areas right heading into August and September, Forest should be in better shape to make more of a position at the top of the table than they managed under former manager Stuart Pearce.