Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman believes Derby County’s spending is causing fans' frustration

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Dougie Freedman believes Derby County’s transfer activity is causing frustration among Nottingham Forest supporters.

Dougie Freedman has suggested that Nottingham Forest supporters are frustrated because teams like Derby County have gone out and signed a lot of players.

The 41-year-old was quoted in the Nottingham Post as saying: "I know a few Forest fans are getting impatient when it comes to new signings. They see clubs like Derby going out and signing a lot of new players. Well, good luck to them, I can only control what I can control here.

‘’That was us a few years ago – spending, spending and spending, but not recruiting well.’’

Freedman has been actively seeking out potential signings during the course of the summer transfer window, however, he only has Jamie Ward and Matt Mills to show for his endeavours

Should Derby’s spending cause Forest fans to feel frustrated?

Derby’s recent spending spree has seen the likes of Tom Ince and Andreas Weimann sign long-term permanent deals ahead of the coming season.

The Rams have never been considered to be big spenders in the Championship, but the appointment of Mel Morris as chairman has definitely seen their financial muscle increase.

Forest, on the other hand, fell foul of the Financial Fair Play regulations and have had their hands tied behind their back in this transfer window.

Supporters are always likely to get frustrated once a local rival starts to strengthen their side by spending money, but in recent years the roles have been reversed – with Forest spending the money and Derby cost cutting.

With that in mind, Forest still have plenty of high value, high earning players to call upon when the season kicks off so shouldn't be too worried about their rivals’ transfer dealings.

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