Saturday 18 November 2017

Freedman replaces Pearce at Forest helm

The former-Manchester City boss becomes the sixth manager to be sacked by Al Hasawi.
The former-Manchester City boss becomes the sixth manager to be sacked by Al Hasawi.

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

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

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

Pearce 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 Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Millwall was their sixth defeat in seven matches and left them with just one win in 11.

And after meeting with owner Fawaz Al Hasawi yesterday, 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, which he is currently considering. The club will be making no further comment at this time." Pearce was appointed as Billy Davies' successor towards the end of last season, but did not take up his role until the summer. The former-Manchester City boss becomes the sixth manager to be sacked by Al Hasawi.

Former Dynamo Moscow manager Dan Petrescu was briefly linked with the position, with Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough, who also played for Forest with distinction, another early favourite, but a club statement later in the evening confirmed Freedman had got the job, with further details to be announced "in due course".

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