Revenge not on Sean O'Driscoll's agenda as Nottingham Forest visit Bristol City
DURING his time as Nottingham Forest manager, Sean O'Driscoll was never one to get tied up in the emotions of football.
So it should come as no surprise that revenge is not exactly at the top of his agenda tomorrow.
Even O'Driscoll cannot completely overlook the intrigue surrounding a fixture against the club that sacked him on Boxing Day, who have just appointed Billy Davies to fill the void left by Alex McLeish, who lasted only 41 days in the role, after replacing O'Driscoll.
But he insists his only priority is to secure the win City need to claw themselves a little closer to safety in the Championship.
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"It is just another game and it has to be that way given the position we are in," said O'Driscoll.
"I cannot get emotionally involved in what has gone on at Nottingham Forest in the past.
"If I'm honest, I have enough problems getting my own team ready for Saturday. How can I be more worried about Forest than I am my own team?"
O'Driscoll says he is not surprised to see another change at the City Ground.
"Nothing surprises me in football anymore," he said.
"Football is like a bubble and, in many ways, it is detached from the rest of life."
O'Driscoll says his priorities have not changed, despite the fact he has swapped a promotion push with Forest for a fight against relegation.
"Winning football matches is the conundrum everybody has to solve. The only certainty in English football is that you will lose matches," he said.
"But you cannot, whenever you lose a football match, tear up the paper and start again with something else.
"You have to say 'this is the way we have to build, this is the way we have to do things' and try and be as consistent as you can.
"The biggest thing missing in a lot of clubs is the ability to communicate that to everybody."