Nottingham Forest's Alex Iacovitti explains why he was disappointed to see Dougie Freedman go

Freedman allegedly devoted a lot of his time to young players during his spell at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest defender Alex Iacovitti was left disappointed by the sacking of Dougie Freedman earlier this month.

Freedman was dismissed by Forest in the wake of their 3-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, and Iacovitti believes his fellow Scot was one of several City Ground bosses who didn't have things his own way when it came to injuries.

And despite having never made an appearance for the East Midlands side's first team, the 18-year-old is appreciative of the attention Freedman paid to him and his fellow development squad players.

Commenting on his future ambitions after linking up with Scotland's Under-19s during the international break, Iacovitti told Herald Scotland: "If I get my chance at Forest you never know where that could take you, maybe into the Scotland squad.

"I’ve been doing well and I’m captain of the Forest Under-21s. I’m training with the first team now, though it was disappointing to see the gaffer, Dougie Freedman, go. You have to take it on the chin and try to finish the season strongly.

"He was good for me. He was great for the youth boys. He’d speak to us after training and you could get anything you wanted off your chest with him.

"He’s gone now and we have to move on but I have a lot of respect for him.

"Every time a new gaffer’s come in it’s not gone their way, especially with injuries. Hopefully whoever comes in does a good job and we can get back into the Premier League."

Forest remain without a permanent manager, having handed the reins to first team coach Paul Williams until the end of the campaign.

The Nottingham Post reported last week that former Standard Liege boss Ivan Vukomanovic had held talks with owner Fawaz Al Hasawi regarding the role, and said previously that Csaba Laszlo, once of Hearts, had thrown his hat into the ring with the club allegedly keen to make a foreign appointment.

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