Brentford defender Nico Yennaris has kind words for Nottingham Forest's caretaker boss Paul Williams


The Forest boss previously worked at Brentford.

Nottingham Forest take on Brentford in the Championship this weekend and for many of the Brentford players the man in the Forest dug-out will be a familiar face.

Paul Williams has taken over at Nottingham Forest after the club sacked former boss Dougie Freedman.

Williams first arrived at Brentford in July 2015 before becoming their assistant head coach in September. He arrived in Nottingham last December and now finds himself in caretaker charge at the City Ground.

One Brentford player has now been speaking about meeting his former coach.

Former Arsenal youngster Nico Yennaris was speaking to gestwestlondon this week when he discussed the impact Williams had in his short time at Griffin Park:

“I have a lot of respect for Paul and have a good relationship with him.

“He helped me a lot during his time here and he pushed me a lot while I was playing and I have great respect for him.

“He was a coach at Southampton so we knew he had it in him and I think he’s just stayed in football and his chance has come and he's taken it.”

“At the end of the day he’s going to be an opponent and he’s not on my side anymore so I’ll be looking to win.”

Forest go into the game in need of a win after defeat to local rivals Derby County just before the international break.

Brentford and Yennaris however travel to Nottingham needing a win to potentially move them clear of the relegation zone in the Championship – and move level on points with Forest in the bottom end of the division.

Forest fans will hope that Williams’ inside knowledge will help them take the win.

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