Former Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Ian ‘Charlie’ McParland has told Notts TV’s weekly football show Team Talk which ex-Reds boss used to send him to sleep.

The man who has held several coaching positions at Forest in the past was speaking on this week’s edition of the show, which also included Ben Osborn as a guest.

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Osborn was quizzed about all things Forest and when discussing the managers he had worked under, McParland was quick to dig the knife in on Dougie Freedman.

Speaking to Team Talk, he said: “I used to fall asleep under Dougie’s team when I was watching in the stands.

“Defend the 18-year-old box and don’t move from there, the striker was always isolated and I’m sat there thinking ‘wow’.”


The man who performed the duties as caretaker manager following Gary Megson’s departure in 2006 was more impressed with the style of football played under Mark Warburton.

He continued: “I liked the football they played under Warburton. They actually played some fantastic flowing football as they did with Billy (Davies).

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“I loved watching his team play but the undoing of Warburton at Forest was when they lost the ball. It was great to watch but in transition, they were all over the place.”

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McParland is perhaps somewhat harsh on Freedman with his comments about his style of football.

Under his management Forest were wedged firmly under a transfer embargo and although his style of football wasn’t overly attractive it did get results for a while. Of course, Britt Assombalonga’s injury never helped him out either.

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He does, however, speak perfect sense when discussing Warburton.

Forest played some gorgeous football under the current QPR manager but he never quite had the players to utilise such a style to its full effect.

In transition, they were, as McParland puts it, all over the place and ultimately that cost him the chance to continue in his role as manager.


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