Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has made it clear since he came into the club that he is a realist.
He’s said on several occasions that he will never pull the wool over the eyes of the club’s supporters and will never make excuses, simply telling things the way he sees them.
One of the big challenges this summer which will test Freedman to the extreme is how he improves the squad at his disposal.
Forest fans can be confident that the club’s best players won’t be axed because the transfer embargo, which hangs over the City Ground means that cash can’t be reinvested.
Forest’s hands are tied over the way they can go about their business, with Freedman explaining on Forest Player that the club have to wait for certain things to happen before they can sign players.
The loan market is going to be very important for the Scot and the club.
He showed with the deal for Chuba Akpom that he can convince the best young players that Forest is the best place for them to play and develop their game.
The Arsenal youngster unfortunately picked up an injury, but the boss also demonstrated his negotiation skills with a deal for Mo Barrow from Swansea City.
Forest are not in a position where they can throw cash at younger players, so Freedman also needs to work hard behind the scenes to get deals ironed out with the parent clubs.
Some top level clubs may make it a stipulation of a loan deal that a fee is paid up front and that wages for the player are paid so Freedman has to try and get the best deal for Forest, within what they can afford.
If Freedman gets all of the big calls right and works relentlessly all summer, Forest should be in a position to challenge for at least top six.