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Dougie Freedman replaces Stuart Peace at Forest


Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce

Nottingham Forest have announced the appointment of Dougie Freedman as their new manager, little over an hour after confirming the dismissal of Stuart Pearce (inset).

Freedman, who played for the east midlands club between 1998 and 2000, has previously managed in the Championship with Crystal Palace and Bolton.

Pearce's reign ended earlier in the evening, with Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Millwall - their sixth defeat in seven matches, which left them with just one win in 11 - proving the final straw.

The 52-year-old returned to the City Ground, where he enjoyed considerable success as a player, in the summer and was expected to mount a promotion challenge.

However, despite a promising start to the season following a hefty summer spending spree, it has been a disappointing campaign.

And after meeting with owner Fawaz Al Hasawi on yesterday afternoon, Pearce has been relieved of his role, but has been offered an alternative position with Forest.

A club statement read: "After long discussions between owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Stuart Pearce, the club has decided that Stuart will be relieved of his role as manager with immediate effect. Mr Al Hasawi has offered Stuart an alternative role at the club."