Nottingham Forest: Billy reveals secret to success as unbeaten run gathers momentum
NOTTINGHAM Forest's turnaround in form has been inspired by managing people, managing expectation and changing the roles people do within the club, said manager Billy Davies today.
The Scot has made an unbeaten start since returning as manager, with the Reds winning their fifth consecutive game when they defeated Wolves 3-1 on Saturday.
Davies says there is no hidden secret to their revival in the Championship – and insists the players deserve credit for their performance levels.
"There is an energy running through the dressing room and with the fans in the stands, there is a togetherness at the club that will, hopefully, win us more games than we lose in the remaining games," he said.
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"I have managed people, I have managed expectation, I have managed the roles. I have changed a lot here, an awful lot. From staff roles to both small and large details throughout the club.
"As I have said before, this is a three-and-a-half year project. The plan is to get this club to the Premier League. We have hit the bar and the post in the past (in the promotion race). I am hoping that, over a period of time, we can go one step further.
"All I have done is try to manage roles and expectations, to get the most from each department and each player as is possible."
Davies has been delighted with the form of his midfield players, with Henri Lansbury (two) and Lewis McGugan netting another three goals between them at the City Ground.
But he says there is still no pressure on the strikers to end their famine, which has seen only two goals netted by front men this year.
"I feel for the strikers at the moment, because the lack of width is clearly damaging their quality. Until we get width and pace into this team and are able to get more crosses into the box – I have spoken to them and informed them that I have no concerns about their goal scoring," he said.
"As long as they continue to give me the work rate and the application, I will ask for no more."