Former Nottingham Forest star Ben Osborn has admitted that he’s enjoying an early foray into coaching young kids and he’s earned praise from academy director Gary Brazil.
In an interview with Nottinghamshire Live, the Sheffield United ace has been discussing his Elite Football Development initiative which he does every Monday night at Eastwood Community FC.
Set up with former academy player Jack Andrews; Osborn is helping nurture youngsters looking for a way into the professional game.
The 27-year-old is currently playing regularly for the Blades. He moved to the club from Forest in 2019 and has made 62 appearances for the club; scoring four goals.
Slavisa Jokanovic has made him a mainstay in the team at Bramall Lane and he featured against Forest for the first time during a recent 1-1 draw.
Although Osborn has plenty of years ahead of him in the professional game, that hasn’t stopped him from dipping into the world of coaching.
Plenty of players make contingency plans for when their playing days are over and the former Forest man is no different.
Osborn was always a steady performer for Forest. He made 230 appearances, scoring 16 goals and claiming 31 assists as the team’s utility man.
What has Brazil said about former Forest man Osborn?
It seems as though the Forest academy director would love the chance to welcome Osborn back to the club..
Brazil has a tremendous work ethic within the academy. He believes that Osborn would fit in seamlessly with his current crop of coaches.
He’s also praised the former Forest player for getting his hands dirty and starting his coaching career relatively early.
Osborn knows the game inside out and having played in a number of positions on the pitch, that should help his coaching credentials.
Chris Cohen and Andy Reid have both gone into coaching with the Forest academy and Osborn may follow suit somewhere down the line.