Nottingham Forest head coach Martin O’Neill has told the Nottingham Post that he believes he can still get them promoted despite a tough start to his reign.
O’Neill has not had the happiest of starts in the managerial hot seat of a club he was loved at due to his previous playing career. And things did not turn around today as they visited promotion hunting Sheffield United. Just after the start of the second half Forest had a man sent off with Yohan Benalouane being sent his marching orders for a professional foul. United instantly capitalised with a goal from Mark Duffy and they capped off the game with a strike from Enda Stevens.
This has put more pressure on O’Neill with some fans calling for him to be sacked just 16 games into his reign. But despite today’s loss and those calling for his head, O’Neill believes that he has barely started and that he can be the man to get them promoted next season.
He said:“Our away record has not been good… and I do not want to start finding a lot of excuses for myself here, at the end of the day,”
“But I had a real tough start to life at Leicester City, some years ago. I was able to turn that around and I will turn this around as well.”
“I think the second part of that question is the main thing – it is about putting your mark on the team. That is important and that is something I intend to do.”
“There are one or two players – and I have said this a few times – who are very talented at this club. We need to supplement that extra talent with extra talent, if we can.”
“It is a very short period of time, 15 or 16 games in charge. I came in part way through the season and, as Simon Ireland, my coach, said – we were already on a downward spiral at that point.”
“I think Forest had won one in eight, when we came in. If people thought we were going to change things overnight, that was going to be very difficult.”
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