Pereira already eyeing up Premier League return for Nottingham Forest

The City Ground general view before clash with Hull

Pedro Pereira was named as the club's new director of football this week, and he has already set his sights on helping Forest return to the top flight.

General view inside the City GroundNottingham Forest's new director of football is eyeing a return to the Premier League

Nottingham Forest's new director of football Pedro Pereira has told the club's website that he hopes to be part of a successful bid for promotion to the Premier League.

Forest have not been back at the top table of English football since losing their top-flight status in 1999, but the Portuguese believes the club are on the right track to achieving their long-term goals, despite having not yet appointed a permanent replacement for outgoing boss Dougie Freedman, who was sacked in March.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie FreedmanDougie Freedman was sacked from the club in March

Pereira, who specialises in scouting and development, brings an impressive pedigree to his role at the City Ground, having spent 13 years at Portuguese First Division club Sporting Braga, who twice reached the Champions League during his time there.

His most recent role was as sporting director at Serie A outfit Fiorentina, but he is now looking forward to the challenges that come with a move to England.

Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Paul WilliamsCaretaker manager Paul Williams left the City Ground at the end of the season

He told the club's website: "It is a big honour and at the same time a great challenge to work with such a historic and important club as Nottingham Forest and I want to sincerely thank the chairman for offering this opportunity to me.

"I respect deeply the history of the club but we have to look ahead and create the background for a new chapter of success, stability and victories."

Gary Gardner (C) celebrates scoring the first goal for Nottingham ForestGary Gardner (C) celebrates scoring for Nottingham Forest

Despite finishing 16th in the Championship last season, the club is aiming high for the coming campaign, with Pereira already talking up an eventual return to the top division.

"Nottingham Forest has huge potential and I believe and hope I can contribute significantly in bringing the club back to the Premier League," he added.

"Our focus is to prepare the team for the coming season and to fulfil our ambitions. We need the support of all Nottingham Forest fans to achieve our goals."

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