Andy Reid contradicts Nottingham Forest teammate over sacking of Dougie Freedman

Forest midfielder Chris Cohen was not expecting Freedman's dismissal on Sunday.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid has been one of the early beneficiaries of Dougie Freedman's sacking.

Little over 24 hours after the Scot was dismissed, Reid, who hasn't played for Forest since September 2014 due to a groin injury, was added to the club's coaching staff where he will assist caretaker boss Paul Williams until the end of the campaign.

In a joint press conference with Reid on Monday, fellow Forest midfielder Chris Cohen admitted his surprise at seeing Freedman leave his post in the aftermath of Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday.

But the Irishman's assessment of the situation was almost suspicious in its contradiction.

"I think if we're all being honest, I don't think it was a huge surprise," Reid told BBC Radio Nottingham. "It was a bad defeat and it was a poor performance, so I don't even think it will have been a surprise to him."

Reid also admitted he is currently studying for his UEFA A Licence, which would enable him to manage in the Football League.

Did the 33-year-old know what was coming? Did he have his eye on Freedman's position all along? Or did he simply have a better grasp of the situation being sat on the sidelines, as he was?

Reid is currently in his second spell at the City Ground, where he began his career as an 18-year-old in November 2000.

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