Mark Warburton: Nottingham Forest relegation battle not an option

Mark Warburton
Mark Warburton was appointed Nottingham Forest manager in March

Nottingham Forest's final-day escape from relegation from the Championship is the perfect motivation for the new season, says manager Mark Warburton.

The Reds stayed up on goal difference with a 3-0 win over Ipswich Town.

Warburton, who was appointed in March, has been backed in the transfer market by new owner Evangelos Marinakis, with six new faces arriving over the summer.

"That sensation from the last game of the season, we must never feel again," Warburton told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"I have said that before and will say it again - we must always use that feeling as a motivating force to move the club forward."

Last season, the Reds used 42 different players under three managers.

But a new start under Marinakis, who took over from previous owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, has brought fresh optimism following the arrival of Jason Cummings, Barrie McKay, Daryl Murphy, Tendayi Darikwa, Andreas Bouchalakis and Kieran Dowell.

Warburton said he is "very confident" Forest would not endure another relegation battle this season.

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"We are in a good position and comfortable with the squad," he added.

"Their attitude is outstanding and they are hungry for success. They know how close they came to relegation last season.

"I have absolute belief in the players in their desire and quality. Let's see how we go but we are looking forward to a strong season.

"It's a fantastic division with huge clubs, but Forest are a huge club as well and we know where we need to get the club back to."

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