Former Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman linked with a surprise return

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 24 January 2017, 10:04

Nottingham Forest’s search for their eighth manager under Fawaz Al Hasawi rumbles on with Dougie Freedman surprisingly becoming the latest gaffer to be linked with the club, although he’s still an outsider in the betting at 25/1 (Bet Victor).

Unlike the majority of the main contenders in the market, Freedman has actually managed at the City Ground (February 2015 - March 2016). In fact, it was the Scot’s last spell in the dugout, and he’s been out-of-work ever since that departure just under a year ago.

Freedman made an instant impact on arrival at Forest, but the club's form abruptly dipped, resulting in a 14th place finish (2015/16). The Reds didn’t enjoy the best of starts to the following campaign, but then conjured up a 13 game unbeaten run, only to then suffer a series of defeats, which led to his departure.

In total Freedman won 33% of his 57 matches at the helm, while he registered similar tallies in his previous spells at Crystal Palace (35%) and Bolton (34%).

Forest’s interim manager Gary Brazil and Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom remain the favourites in the Next Nottingham Forest Manager Market (both a best-priced 3/1), ahead of the out-of-work duo of Nigel Pearson and Gary Rowett.

Meanwhile, West Brom assistant Ben Garner was a new addition to the market on Monday, whereas former Reds boss Billy Davies and Burton’s Nigel Clough have drifted to 12/1.

The Nottingham Post are reporting that the likes of Slavisa Jokanovic (Fulham) and Mark Warburton (Rangers) are not interested in the vacancy.

If caretaker boss Brazil bags his second win in five games on Wednesday, when Forest travel to promotion-chasing Leeds, then it would come as no surprise to see the Championship club hand the 54-year-old job until the end of the season…that’s if they fail to make a breakthrough in their bid to lure anyone else to the City Ground, which has so far proved to be a frustrating assignment.

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