Davies backs his Forest squad

Returning manager Billy Davies is confident he can get the best
out of Nottingham Forest’s players and steer them into the npower
Championship play-off places.

Forest are 13th in the table, six points adrift of the top
six.

Davies, who twice guided the east midlands club to the play-offs
during his first spell in charge at the City Ground, is confident
of bridging that gap in the Reds’ remaining 15 league fixtures.

“I am very confident, having spoken to the board,” said the
Scot, who feels Forest’s players have been underachieving. “I’ve
got no doubt in my mind that these people will do all they can to
get the club to the Premier League.

“That’s why I’m here, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think it
was possible.

“But there’s work to do, there’s no doubt about that. You don’t
normally come into a club if there isn’t work to do.

“There’s an abundance of talent here, but these players have
been underachieving. They have only been performing to 80-85 per
cent of their capabilities in my opinion.

“It is my job, and the job of my coaching staff, to find that
missing 15-20 per cent.

“Fawaz (Al-Hasawi, Forest’s chairman) has already told me there
is some money available should I feel we need to add to certain
areas, but if we can get to where we want to go with the players
that are already at the football club then we will do that.”

Davies, back as Forest boss almost 20 months after he was sacked
by the old regime, replaced fellow Scot Alex McLeish as manager on
Thursday and officially began work on Monday.