Nottingham Forest have appointed former first-team coach Sean O'Driscoll in a shock appointment. The club’s new owners, the Al Hasawi family, were linked with a number of high-profile figures such as Mick McCarthy and Glenn Hoddle but have ultimately opted to snap up O'Driscoll on a three-year deal.
O'Driscoll, whose previous clubs include Bournemouth and Doncaster, worked under previous Forest manager Steve Cotterill from January to May, leaving to take charge of Crawley Town. But after emerging as a surprise for the Forest vacancy yesterday he has now left Crawley without even taking charge of a competitive game. O’Driscoll’s first match of the season is at home to Bristol City on August 18th. Forest are priced at 11/1 with Paddy Power to win the Championship and 7/2 to get promoted.
The shock move leaves Crawley Town without a manager just four weeks before the start of the new season. The Reds clinched promotion to League One after beating Accrington Stanley final day of last season. Crawley's director of football Steve Coppell has been put in charge of the first-team, with speculation brewing that he will take the job on a permanent basis.