New Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton has told Jim White on TalkSport that the hard work starts now for the football club.
The ex-Brighton manager was installed as the club’s new boss following the sacking of Sabri Lamouchi of Tuesday night.
He has now given his first interview since taking charge at the City Ground, with his first game against Blackburn a week on Saturday.
Hughton is under no illusions of the size of his task and is keen to get going on the training ground.
He told TalkSport: “Of course, having been brought in, there’s always a reason and it’s been a tough start to the season – and obviously the back end of last season.
“I’m realistic to know why I’ve come in. First and foremost we have to get some points.
It’s important to remember, however, that for large parts of last season the form was good and it’s about getting some confidence back into the players.
“Ultimately for a club of this size it’s about reaching the Premier League and the hard work starts now. It’s a big job and I’m up for the challenge.”
Forest have added 13 new players to the squad during the summer as they looked to strengthen ahead of the new campaign.
Anthony Knockaert has been linked to the club, having played under the new Forest boss during his time at the AMEX Stadium.
Hughton was quizzed by the TalkSport anchor on whether anymore might be signed before the deadline on October 16th.
Hughton was in no doubt about whether he was keen to see more arrivals.
He continued: “Yes, I think that’s my responsibility to go through the squad. Sadly there’s only a short period of time to make an assessment on the current players.
“By the time the window closes, I’d like the best balance in the squad as possible.
“I don’t see many changes but we’ll certainly look to see where we can capitalise.”
Hughton is a proven performer at Championship level, winning promotion with Brighton and Newcastle United during his career.
He is a well-respected man within the industry and has to be viewed as a coup for Nottingham Forest.
Forest can ill-afford to fall further behind the chasing pack even at this early stage and wins are a must as quickly as possible.
Hughton sounds in good spirits and that can only bode well for Forest as they look to revive their campaign.