Date: 26th April 2016 at 4:46pm
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Manager Dougie Freedman has said he wanted more time at Nottingham Forest before the axe fell this season.

Having been sacked by chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi last month with Forest registering one win in six Championship games, Freedman told the Nottingham Post that he felt with a bit more time he could’ve turned the form around again, given how the side had shown they could play earlier in the season.

He didn’t however have any major problems with the owners decision because it’s football and you have to move on.

‘I was disappointed to lose the job. I thought I deserved to at least go into the summer and give it a go. But the chairman doesn’t need to justify his decision. He makes the decision and we all move on. But I really enjoyed my time there and really enjoyed working there.’

With Michail Antonio going out under his watch to West Ham for a fee of £7million, Freedman also admitted with hindsight we shouldn’t have sold him as we didn’t adequately replace the threat he carried for us in the team.

He did however again confirm it was his decision to sell, not the owners.

‘Michail Antonio was a decision which, maybe looking back, I regret. But I think at the time, with this financial thing over our heads, we had to make a decision. And Fawaz, to be fair to him, let me make the decision, and we had to sell Michail Antonio, which dented us. But the recruitment policy we put in place, with free transfers and loans, I felt was the right thing to do.’

With the loss of Britt Assombalonga as well, and him now making his return, he knows what a boost that will be to the club come next season because of his qualities.

‘At the end of the day, the manager can only do so much. We can sometimes produce rabbits from a hat but you can never produce a striker; it’s as simple as that. If you did, you’d be at the top of the league. That’s the one thing that was disappointing, losing Britt.’

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