Former Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Ian ‘Charlie’ McParland has been speaking on Notts TV’s weekly football show Team Talk about the club’s start to the season.
The man who has held several coaching positions at the City Ground in the past was speaking on this week’s edition on the show.
Sabri Lamouchi‘s side have been enjoying a two-week break from the Championship due to the international break. The Reds currently sit one point outside the play-offs, having only lost one game so far.
When asked for his thoughts on the club’s start, McParland told Team Talk: “Average. They’ve only lost one in seven which is a good start.”
“They’ve been outplayed in a lot of games but they’ve shown a lot of character. They showed a lot of character at Leeds.
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“The couple of goals that Nottingham Forest scored at Fulham were superb. One of the goals was a fantastic bit of passing football.”
The man who took the helm at the City Ground as caretaker manager following Gary Megson’s departure in 2006 believes that this season presents a huge opportunity for the Reds to push for promotion to the Premier League.
He continued: “I look at the league this year and I’m thinking this is a great chance for Nottingham Forest to get in the play-offs or automatic.”
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McParland is perhaps somewhat harsh on the Reds with his comments about their start to the season being ‘average’. Taking into account their Carabao Cup progress, majority of supporters would agree that it’s been a promising start.
Lamouchi only took charge at the City Ground a matter of months ago. For that reason, it was always unlikely that the Reds were going to make a flying start to the campaign.
He does, however, make a good point about it being a huge chance for the Reds this season.
The sides which have come down from the Premier League are not as strong as they have been in previous years. This presents an opportunity for teams like the Reds to push themselves into the play-offs.
If they can continue to produce ‘fantastic’ passing football as they did at Fulham, then there’s no reason why the Reds can’t push for promotion.