Thursday 22 February 2018

Forgotten man Reid takes Forest coaching role

Reid has called for a united effort to raise morale at Forest. Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images
Reid has called for a united effort to raise morale at Forest. Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Andy Reid has taken a role with the Nottingham Forest coaching staff until the end of the season after the departure of manager Dougie Freedman over the weekend.

The Dubliner will assume a prominent position in the reshuffle brought about by the appointment of Paul Williams as caretaker boss and it offers the 33-year-old an opportunity to gain experience ahead of the next phase of his career.

Reid's last outing for Forest was against Derby County in September 2014 with a complicated groin injury confining him to the sidelines. Attempts to mount a comeback after surgery have been met by persistent setbacks and he is not expecting to play again this season. His contract is up in the summer but this appointment indicates that he might still have a future at the club.

Freedman was sacked at the weekend after a humbling home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday with Forest sitting 14th in the table - 14 points off the play-off places and nine clear of the drop zone.

Williams will be the eighth man to have a turn in the hotseat since chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi came to the club four years ago. Reid has called for a united effort to raise morale at the club.

"I've been asked to help out in any way I can," he said. "I would urge people to get behind the chairman, the manager and the team and see where that takes us. We need to prove our doubters wrong."

He acknowledged that his brief could change if Al Hasawi decided to bring in a more senior figure to boost the operation.

"I think there could be the possibility that somebody might come in and help out, I'm not too sure," he continued. "But (Al-Hasawi) has said that we would probably be in charge until the end of the season and then we'll take it from there."

Reid's one-time international colleague Aiden McGeady was on target for Wednesday in that comfortable success at the City Ground, and his temporary boss Carlos Carvalhal feels that the loan signing from Everton can build on that first strike and become a important player.

It marked a return to form for the Glaswegian who had struggled to impress in his opening outings after an inactive campaign at Everton.

"We are persisting with McGeady," said Carvalhal. "When he came in, it was not good for the first two or three weeks. We know the player, we know the quality he has."

Irish Independent

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