NOTTINGHAM Forest last night appointed former first-team coach Sean O'Driscoll as their new manager.
Former Republic of Ireland Ireland international O'Driscoll, whose previous clubs include Bournemouth and Doncaster, worked under previous Forest manager Steve Cotterill for five months earlier this year before leaving to join Crawley in May.
The Kuwaiti-based Al Hasawi family sacked Cotterill shortly after taking control of the club and were linked with moves for a string of big-name bosses, including Mick McCarthy, Glenn Hoddle and Roy Keane.
Majority shareholder Fawaz Al Hasawi acknowledged as much, but declared O'Driscoll the ideal appointment. "We interviewed many well-known and high profile figures but we truly believe Sean O'Driscoll is the best man for the job," he said.
"Sean's passion for Nottingham Forest, knowledge of the game and the Championship in particular, plus his work ethic, shone through in our conversations.
"We are delighted to welcome Sean back to the club. He has our total support and we are looking forward to a long and successful relationship."
O'Driscoll, who won three Ireland caps between 1982 and 1983 said: "It was an easy decision to make to return to Nottingham Forest. The Al Hasawi family's ownership opens exciting prospects for this club and I look forward to rebuilding the squad and playing the kind of attractive football the City Ground deserves to see."