However, he has been nominate for the Championship Manager of the Month award and has guided Forest back up the Championship table. Now the Scot is finally being recognised as a top coach once again.
Of course his managerial teeth were cut at Crystal Palace. He started out working with the Palace youth and reserve teams whilst still a player at the club back in 2005 before going on to impress as manager of the club for 22 months.
Whilst working with the younger talent at Palace Freedman had an abundance of players with plenty of ability and he spoke about that to BBC Nottingham Sport last week, stating:
"The under-15s was very good. I had a very good team at under-15s.
"Clyney, Victor Moses, Zaha was there and John Bostock. It was a good group there that pretty much got me excited to see that these kids can go to the first-team.
"That got me the buzz to go into coaching really."
That is indeed some exceptional talent. Nathaniel Clyne has gone on to become England's first-choice right-back after impressing with Southampton and Liverpool. Moses is now at Chelsea, although spends most of his time out on loan, as he is currently with West Ham. Wilfried Zaha is still considered one of England's rawest talents and is back at Selhurst Park after an unsuccessful stint with Manchester United.
Bostock is perhaps the main let-down. His big move to Tottenham failed to produce the goods and he is not getting his career back together in Belgium.
But it goes to show the excellent work Palace did in producing top young talent, especially when their finances were so insecure.
Fans of the club will just hope that tradition does not get lost in their current climate.