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.