Dougie Freedman admitted on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on BT Sport 1 on Saturday morning (broadcast from 10am, April 23) that he should not have sold Michail Antonio to West Ham United when he was in charge of Nottingham Forest.
Freedman was in charge of the Reds at the time, and he has conceded that he regrets making the decision.
The former Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers boss, though, has explained that the decision to sell Antonio was taken due to the financial situation at the City Ground.
“Michail Antonio was a decision, maybe looking back I regret, but I think at the time this financial thing hanging over our heads, we had to make a decision,” said Freedman on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on BT Sport 1 on Saturday morning (broadcast from 10am, April 23).
“And Fawaz (Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi), to be fair, let me make the decision. We had to sell Michail Antonio, which dented us."
Antonio had a brilliant 2014-15 campaign for Forest, scoring 14 goals and creating 62 chances in 46 Championship appearances.
Prior to joining West Ham in the summer of 2015, the 26-year-old winger scored two goals and created eight chances in four league matches for the Reds this season.
The former Sheffield Wednesday man has scored six goals and created 18 chances in 22 Premier League games for West Ham so far this campaign.