Alex McLeish plans off-field shake-up to get Nottingham Forest back on track
ALEX McLeish has pledged to shake things up off the pitch at Nottingham Forest – in an effort to find some consistency on it.
The Reds boss says he has to use all his experience and leadership to get his team back on track, following what he described as a "brain dead" performance against Watford.
McLeish blasted Forest's defending and admitted the 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Gianfranco Zola's Hornets clearly demonstrated they are a long way off being genuine promotion contenders.
And he says he will look at Forest's entire routine in an effort to get his players firing on all cylinders.
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"Now I have to look at everything I can; I have to use my experience as a manager to change this," he said.
"That includes the work we do on the training ground. Maybe we have to change something there, something in our routine, just to give us a bit of sharpness in their minds, psychologically.
"You change the format of training, you break the week up differently. Maybe, instead of training for four days in a row, you break it up and do it over two days, have a break, and then have another two days.
"I have to do something to get the sharpness back into them. We have to get their legs going as well."
Forest have now played 27 games without fielding an unchanged side in consecutive fixtures.
McLeish says he would love to field an unchanged side, because that will only aid Forest's search for consistency – but says his players need to up their performance levels before that will happen.
"I would love to get consistency of selection because, when you do change it a lot, you do start to get confusion," he said. "But, I have still to see the best of some of these guys.
"We also need some fresh blood before the window closes. This performance shows we need a little help, an injection of something."
"We do not look as sharp up front as we did earlier in the season.
"People might think that I am making excuses. But, if these guys are playing all the time, if we have had long sessions since the start of the season, since July, that can catch up with you.
"It is not just about being heavy legged, it can be in the mind as well.
"It was a brain dead performance and we looked one-paced.
"There is nothing particularly close at the minute, but I know that performance might precipitate things; it might kick start something.
"We will keep working hard to see who we can bring in, before the window does close."
Forest are still keen on Birmingham winger Chris Burke and Peterborough's attacking midfielder George Boyd and may now return with improved bids for both players following their dismal display against the Hornets.