Early names in the running to replace Philippe Montanier at Nottingham Forest

by Jack Kitson / 16 January 2017, 11:06

It’s been a chaotic and confusing few days at Nottingham Forest, a club which is no stranger to grabbing the headlines for all the wrong reasons…mainly due to the face palm actions of their controversial owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, who has now blitzed through seven managers since 2012.

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Late on Friday Forest fans were left fuming at Al Hasawi’s dramatic decision to reject the prospective £50million takeover from a consortium led by American John Jay Moores.

The following day the Reds picked up a creditable point away to Birmingham - complete with a rare clean sheet - yet come the evening boss Philippe Montanier had been sent packing (after just seven months at the helm), with the Championship club three points above the relegation zone.

A number of gaffers have since been linked with the Reds, but in truth it’s difficult to identify an obvious frontrunner at this early stage, with many managers understandably unwilling to work under Al Hasawi. And who can blame them.

In recent weeks the ex Derby defender Gary Rowett, a former boss of Birmingham and Burton, has been hotly linked with Forest, but the takeover collapse has thrown this particular move into severe doubt.

Rowett (4/1) may currently be the most popular pick in our poll (see below) with nearly 50% of the vote, however it’s former boss Billy Davies who leads the betting at 9/4 (Sky Bet).

Davies has previously managed the Reds on two occasions (2008-2001 and 2013-2014), but despite being the bookmakers favourite to return for a third spell, the Nottingham Post have reported that the 52-year-old’s difficult relationship with Al Hasawi means that an appointment is unlikely.

Red Bull Salzburg manager Oscar Garcia, who previously led Brighton to a top-6 finish, is next in the running 6/1, while a brace of former Derby managers in Nigel Clough and Nigel Pearson can be backed at 12/1, as can the club’s caretaker gaffer Gary Brazil.

Elsewhere, Kenny Jackett is the pick of the outsiders at 22/1.

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