Nottingham Forest name third boss of the season in Mark Warburtonby Jack Kitson / 14 March 2017, 11:00Tweet
It’s been a captivating and lively few days in the East Midlands, but that’s a common theme in the current climate when it comes to manager movements in this part of the country.
On Sunday Derby sacked Steve McClaren, then lured over the in-demand Gary Rowett to the club, while across the A52 their rivals Nottingham Forest have now made their own change in the dugout, replacing the duo of Gary Brazil and Jack Lester with Mark Warburton.
On Monday news broke that Forest were surprisingly set to wrap up a deal with Warburton in the next 24 hours, and this has proved to be the case with the former Rangers boss signing a two-and-a-half-year contract at the City Ground.
Warburton thus becomes Forest’s fifth manager in a year, and he’ll hopefully be well aware that not a single Reds boss has lasted three years at the club in over 20 years, dating back to Frank Clark (1993-96). Ouch. Could this now change? Maybe.
So, what can Forest fans expect from Warburton?
The 54-year-old, who was linked with Forest in the summer, began his managerial career with Brentford in 2013, leading the club up to the Championship, and then into the second-tier play-offs the season after.
Warburton, a former trader, ventured north of the border with Scottish giants Rangers in 2015, and went on to steer the Gers back up to the SPL after winning the Scottish Championship - he also bagged the Challenge Cup and reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
However, with Rangers a whopping 27 points behind rivals Celtic Warburton’s 18-month spell came to an end - under a cloud - last month.
Warburton, who likes to adopt an attacking style of play, will lock horns with the new Derby boss Rowett in Saturday’s eagerly anticipated East Midlands derby. Forest head into the match desperate for a victory following a woeful run of five defeats in seven which leaves the club in 19th - two points above the relegation zone - with nine matches remaining.
Nottingham forest v Derby County Odds:
- 2/1 Forest
- 7/5 Derby
- 12/5 Draw