Monday 18 February 2019

Forest appoint McClaren as manager

FORMER England manager Steve McClaren was today named by Nottingham Forest as their new boss. McClaren has signed a three-year contract at the City Ground and takes over from Billy Davies, who was sacked yesterday.

McClaren, recently linked with the vacancy at Aston Villa, returns to club management in England - having previously been with Middlesbrough - after time in Holland and Germany with FC Twente and Wolfsburg. Forest had released a statement on their website yesterday which read: “Nottingham Forest have announced this afternoon that they have terminated the contract of manager Billy Davies with immediate effect.

“They have also revealed that they are now talking to Steve McClaren about The City Ground vacancy. “The club will be making no further comment at this stage.” Croatia's 3-2 victory on a wet night at Wembley on November 21, 2007 scuppered England's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008, and McClaren was sacked by the Football Association the following day.

He had been dubbed ‘the wally with the brolly' after watching on from the sidelines with an FA umbrella as his team suffered their costly defeat, and headed abroad for his next job. McClaren was a huge success with FC Twente in Holland, guiding them to a second-placed finish in the Dutch Eredivisie in 2009 before leading the team to the title the following year.

He departed to join German side Wolfsburg in May 2010 but struggled in the Bundesliga and was sacked in February of this year. Davies saw his Forest side slide to a 3-1 aggregate defeat by Swansea in the Championship play-offs semifinals last month, having also lost to Blackpool at the same stage last year.

McClaren was linked with the vacancy created at Aston Villa by Gerard Houllier's departure, and was also tipped for the West Ham joc.

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