Steve Hodge opens up on his Dougie Freedman contracts doubts and has message for Nottingham Forest fans

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Steve Hodge suggests that Nottingham Forest fans should be patient with the team next season.

Steve Hodge has admitted to BBC Radio Nottingham that he was worried that Dougie Freedman might not be given a new contract by Nottingham Forest.

Freedman signed a new two-year deal with Forest last week, as reported by BBC Sport, having originally been appointed the club’s manager in February on a contract until the end of the season.

The announcement came in the middle of a poor run of results, and former Forest midfielder Hodge has conceded that he was worried that the Scot might not kept on in the job for next season.

“I just had the doubts that in the middle of a bad run for Forest on the back end of the season, the chairman might be thinking: ‘I’ll hang on for the three games and then I will make the final decision in the summer time’," the 52-year-old told BBC Radio Nottingham. "But it’s all been done now, and let’s move forward.”

However, Hodge believes that Forest fans will have to be patient with Freedman and the team next season, and warns that the football may not always be entertaining.

“I think next year it’s going to be a bit of a slog at times,” added the Englishman. “Maybe the team’s going to a bit more mundane and duller next year, with fewer star names. I think it may have to be that way."

"I see next year being a slow progressive year with Forest, and fans will have to bear at times with a bad result here and there," added Hodge.

One suspects that like Hodge, many Forest fans would have been wondering if indeed the club were going to hand Freedman a new deal.

After all, following a run of good results which included wins against Bournemouth and Middlesbrough at the City Ground, the Reds have fizzled out.

Forest have not won a Championship match since March 18, and although fatigue has played a role, there will be some doubts whether the initial good run of positive results was just a case of players temporarily stepping up under a new manager.

However, now that Freedman has been made the manager for next season, perhaps results will improve and the team can end the season on a high.

There will be changes to the current Forest team in the summer transfer window, and it will take time for the team to gel under Freedman next season.

Fans will need to be patient in the initial stages of the 2015-16 campaign.

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