Steve McClaren reveals Nottingham Forest frustration

Steve McClaren
McClaren took over as Forest manager from Billy Davies in June

Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren says a lack of signings mean he is suffering his most frustrating pre-season for many years.

The Reds have brought in three new faces, but nine have left and McClaren feels Forest are lacking numbers.

"We're competitive, but not where I want to be. I'm pleased with the guys we've brought in, but we need more," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"It's probably the most frustrating pre-season off the field for years."

Forest, who last week confirmed the appointment of Rob Kelly as assistant manager, have so far brought in midfielders Andy Reid, George Boateng and Jonathan Greening.

But they have been linked with a number of other players, including free agent Anthony Gardner, Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard and winger Wayne Routledge.

And despite Reds fans expecting to see a new left-back arrive at the City Ground this summer, chairman Nigel Doughty has said financial restrictions mean they must prioritise.

Doughty said the club are still eager to sign a wide midfielder and that they have several options at left-back, with Chris Cohen looking likely to start the season there.

"We are a little frustrated off the field," McClaren added. "It took us too long to bring in experienced players, and we're still not at the stage where I would say the squad is complete.

"We're searching and searching, but I've got to say it's very frustrating.

"I'd like some [new players] in today, tomorrow. If that's possible I don't know, but we're working very, very hard behind the scenes to bring people in.

"We're competitive in what we have, I think we're roughly the same team, the same squad as last season.

"But there's still a lot of work to be done off the field."

Forest begin their new Championship season with a home game against Barnsley on Saturday.

You can hear commentary of every Forest match on BBC Radio Nottingham on 103.8FM and 1584AM.