Ray Wilkins explains why it is tough for Dougie Freedman at Nottingham Forest

Dougie Freedman has been in charge of Nottingham Forest since February.

Former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning why it is tough for Dougie Freedman at Nottingham Forest.

“It is tough for Dougie because they do expect Nottingham Forest to be in and around those playoff places, but it’s not quite happening for them,” said Wilkins.

Freedman was appointed the Forest manager in February following the departure of Stuart Pearce.

The Scotsman made an immediate impact at the Reds, and at one point it looked like they could sneak into the playoffs.

Forest eventually finished 14th in the Championship last season, and they are struggling at the moment.

On Friday evening, the Reds got the better of Derby County 1-0 in the East Midlands derby at the City Ground, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Forest are one of the biggest clubs of England, but at the moment they are an also-ran in the Championship.

Freedman’s side are currently 18th in the league table with 17 points from 16 matches, just four points above the relegation zone.

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