Billy Davies hadn’t enjoyed the most productive of relationships with the Nottingham Forest board and with that; it did not surprise many that he was shown his marching orders on Sunday. As soon as the announcement was made the rumours began and it didn’t take long for Steve McClaren to arrive as the front runner to take over from the opinionated Davies.
Just one day following Davies’ departure, McClaren has in fact been confirmed as the new manager of the City Ground outfit. Speaking to the club’s official website, chief executive Mark Arthur clearly thought the capture came as something of a coup and said: “Steve has a proven record of coaching and managing at club level.
“The club moved quickly to secure his services as it is rare for a manager and coach of his undoubted calibre to become available.”
Former England manager McClaren signs a three-year contract with Forest, who once again missed out on promotion through the playoffs this year. It was the second time during Davies’ reign that the club failed and following several disagreements over transfer budgets, it appears as though the club’s board lost patience with the former Derby manager.
There were rumours that Davies himself would be the person to end his tenure at the City Ground but after pledging his alliance for another season after a playoff semi-final defeat to Swansea last month, it looked as though he would certainly lead the club as he entered the final year of his contract.
However, McClaren’s availability has seemingly persuaded the Forest board into opting for a change as they attempt to bounce back to the Premiership for the first time since 1999.
McClaren’s CV certainly seems impressive for a Championship outfit and while many will remember him for that disastrous spell as England manager between 2006 and 2007, he has still experienced huge successes in domestic football with Middlesbrough and Dutch side FC Twente. Forest will be hoping that these experiences are sufficient to aid him to launch a serious automatic promotion push – something that the club failed to due under the outspoken Davies.