Andy Reid believes Nottingham Forest will get back to business under Billy Davies
IT is only a small piece of the larger jigsaw. But, as Andy Reid conducts his pre-match interviews at the City Ground, there is a significance to it.
Because, for now, the press, as well as most others who are not part of the coaching or playing staff at Nottingham Forest, have been told to stay away from the training ground.
There is nothing sinister in this; there has been no falling out. There are no hidden agendas.
Instead, the intention is very clear. This week, Billy Davies' priority has been to get back down to business on the training ground.
And, as he returns as Nottingham Forest manager, the Scotsman has not wanted any distractions.
Hence why, as he talks about another remarkable period in the club's history, along with the impending visit of Bolton tomorrow, Reid does so from the confines of the press room at the stadium, a mile or two away from Wilford Lane.
And, when it comes to that siege mentality, the Irishman believes it could be exactly what is required.
"We probably need that. At times this season we have been too nice, on and off the pitch," said Reid.
"Perhaps it is time for us to get a little bit nastier; to get a little bit of steel into us.
"If we can generate a bit of a siege mentality, then I am all for it.
"If that is what the manager believes we need, then great.
"But we do need to be tougher."
There is no escaping the fact that, at Forest, the tougher side of football has certainly been in evidence this week, with four long-serving members of staff shown the door.
Reid had close ties with two of those in particular, with Nick Marshall having been part of the academy staff when he came through the ranks as a young player and Fraser Nicholson having been part of the press office set up at the same time.
Added to the departure of operations manager Brandon Furse and financial director John Pelling, it has been a tough few days behind the scenes. But Reid insists that, while the players have sympathy, they have not allowed it to influence their preparations for the game.
"It does not effect the players. It is never nice when people lose their jobs," said Reid.
"Unfortunately we know the nature of football and that does happen.
"We are kept well away from it all, down at the training ground. So it does not influence us that much.
"As I said, it is not nice when people lose their jobs, but we have to be professional, we have to get on with our jobs.
"I have known Nick (Marshall) for a long time, but I also am aware of the nature of football and Nick will be as well.
"This kind of thing happens at football clubs, players come and go, managers come and go and coaches do as well.
"It is part of the game. It is an unfortunate side of football. But it is a side of football that is there.
"You cannot let it effect you, you just have to be professional about it and we are."
And Reid hopes that the return of a familiar face will be the most important factor this weekend, as Davies takes charge of his first match of his second spell in charge.
"I hope Billy's return does have an impact. I hope it has a positive one. The fans are obviously delighted that he is back and they are right to be, because he had success here before," said Reid.
"If they turn up in their numbers and get behind the team, we will give it a good go. Hopefully we can set up a result that can set us up nicely for a home game against Huddersfield on Tuesday.
"We have to get going now. There is a gap between us and the play-offs and we need to start picking up wins now.
"We cannot wait for Tuesday, we have to do it now.
"We have to look at the next two games as winnable fixtures.
"No disrespect to either of the teams we are playing, but we believe we have good players and that we can beat any of the teams we are coming up against over the coming weeks.
"If we can string a few results together we can put ourselves right in the push. We can give it a good go between now and the end of the season.
"I think there can be that kind of turnaround because we have quality players here. The manager knows that. I am sure that is one of the reasons why he came back.
"A lot of times, when a new manager comes in, you see a reaction. If we can get that reaction tomorrow and get three points it will be a great start."
Reid, himself in his second spell at Forest, has not played under Davies previously. But he was well versed in what to expect by the players who were here during his last tenure.
"All managers have their different styles, their different ways of working," said Reid.
"Since Billy has come in, he has insisted on a high tempo in training and that is what he wants to see in games. Hopefully we will see that on Saturday.
"A few of the lads had spoken about how he would be, about what he is like and what his style is all about.
"In all honesty, he has been exactly as they described. I don't think he is going to change too much from how he did things before – because how he did things previously was successful.
"I don't believe there is any reason to change that.
"He has made it pretty clear to us what he expects."
And that is, from this point on, under Davies, Nottingham Forest mean business.