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Steve McClaren has been confirmed as the new Nottingham Forest manager following the Championship club’s sacking of Billy Davies. The former England manager has signed a three-year contract at the City Ground.

McClaren has been out of work since being dismissed by the German club Wolfsburg in February after less than nine months in charge. Before that, he spent two years at FC Twente, where he led the Dutch side to their first ever Eredivisie title in 2010.

The appointment caps an eventful few days for McClaren, who was due to be interviewed for the managerial vacancy at Aston Villa, only for the club’s owner, Randy Lerner, to cancel the talks after supporters made it clear to the American that they did not want the 50-year-old to become the replacement for Gérard Houllier.

But McClaren did not have to wait much longer for a return to football, with Forest handing him the chance to take charge of a club in this country for the first time since he left Middlesbrough in 2006 to manage England.

The Forest chief executive, Mark Arthur, said: “The club moved quickly to secure his services as it is rare for a manager and coach of his undoubted calibre to be available.

“Steve has a proven track record of coaching and managing at club level, having played a key role in helping Manchester United secure the Champions League trophy, three Premier League titles and an FA Cup [as the assistant manager]; guided Middlesbrough to the League Cup and also to the final of the Uefa Cup and led FC Twente to their first ever Dutch title.”

After two successive defeats in the Championship play-off semi-finals, Forest are hopeful that McClaren can achieve their target of promotion to the Premier League. But the new manager will not be handed a sizeable transfer budget in order to do that, something which ultimately led to the disintegration of Davies’s relationship with the Forest board.

Source: Guardian

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