Andy Reid calls for stability – and backs Billy Davies to flourish at Nottingham Forest
ANDY Reid says Nottingham Forest must find some stability if they are to forge a late push for promotion.
The winger remains convinced this season should not yet be a write-off, despite a stormy period of change off the pitch, that saw Billy Davies become the club's fourth manager since July.
And Reid believes Davies does have the inspirational quality required to steer Forest into the top six.
But he also knows that stability – and consistency – is required if Forest are to pull off a remarkable turnaround in the final 15 games, starting with the visit of Bolton tomorrow.
"What we want now is a bit of stability," said Reid. "It has been a little out of the norm this season, in that you don't normally see so many changes.
"I believe the changes that have been made have been done with the best interests of the club at heart. It is obvious the chairman of the club wants to do very well.
"He believes the changes the club are making are for the best, clearly."
Reid believes the arrival of Davies for a second spell in charge can be the catalyst for an improvement in form.
"The new manager has come in now and he has had success here before," said Reid.
"With the squad we have got, there is no reason why we cannot have success under him again.
"We have seen enough from him this week, in training, to see that he has a positive outlook in the way he wants us to do things.
"He wants to see positive performances from us on a Saturday and that is what we will try to give him.
"He has a good record at this level, which will be the main reason why he has been brought in.
"He has come here to win promotion and that is why we are all here.
"We don't want to be mid-table, we want to win promotion, we want to be pushing for a place in the play-off places.
"For us to do that this season, we need to go on a hell of a run.
"But it is a run that we are capable of producing, as long as we get started quickly – which means we need to get three points against Bolton."
Reid says it has been a positive week on the training ground, with Davies officially taking charge for the first time on Monday.
"It has been a good week, everything has been high tempo and upbeat. We have been keen to impress the manager," he said. "The manager said we were all starting with a clean sheet when he came in, so we are all trying to impress him.
"That makes for a high tempo in training; people have been working hard."