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Dougie Freedman on conversations with Sir Alex Ferguson and the impact of his assistant Lennie Lawrence

Forest are currently on a great run of form in the Championship.

Dougie Freedman has had some tough times at Nottingham Forest. A few weeks ago there was talk in the media of the Scot losing his job if they lost the East Midlands derby against Derby County.

They won that game and have been on the up since, unbeaten in their last 12 Championship games, and currently 11th in the table and seven points off the play-offs.

This week he has been speaking to BBC Nottingham Sport about his year at the club as manager. He revealed that he even gets the odd conversation with legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson - who usually asks how his assistant Lennie Lawrence is doing:

"Lennie's been there, seen it and done it.

"I mean I do have the pleasure of speaking to Mr Ferguson the first thing he always asks is 'how is my mate Lennie?' And I have got to go through quite a long process of telling him everything, which is quite interesting."

Indeed Lennie Lawrence, who is a good friend of Ferguson, has proved a big influence at Forest since arriving as assistant manager along with Freedman:

"Lennie brings a certain calmness to me, when maybe my temper can get the better of me. And he brings a calmness to the group as well. Been there, seen it, promotion, done it as a manager.

"So I think he's not only helpful for myself but I know he's been helpful for the chairman as well. I know there's been moments when the chairman's leaned on his ideas of the past and a way it can take Nottingham Forest forward."

The experience of Lawrence adds a great blend to the coaching at Nottingham Forest and it has clearly worked - as is demonstrated by the improvements at Forest in the past three or four months.

The pair might not excite but right now Forest are comfortable and solid. If they can build on this base then perhaps the Premier League can come calling in the near future.

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