Freedman: How pre-season will be good for Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman says there are certain things he can only do in pre-season with his squad.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman explained to Forest Player there are certain things he wants to change at the club, which he can only do in pre-season.

Freedman has also suggested that the vigorous training and mental strain that players go through during a pre-season period will bode well for his side.

“There are some things I can only do in pre-season because I need a certain level of physical output – In pre-season there is a kind of long hard slog mentality and that will be good for them,” said Freedman.

Forest are on a difficult run of form, but Freedman has done well to develop a strong team spirit and team mentality at the club, which has made the side popular with supporters.

His comments seem to suggest that he’s going to look at making Forest one of the fittest clubs in the Championship next season.

Good teams work effectively out of possession just as much as they do when they’re on the ball, but pressing and closing space requires a certain level of fitness and physical effort.

There may also be one or two certain tactical systems that Freedman wants to experiment with, which could be defensive and based on his players being under real pressure both physically and mentally.

Ultimately, the results need to change to try and put a more positive gloss on the end of the season for the club, but it’s encouraging that the Scot is already thinking about ways he can improve things looking ahead to next season.

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