Nottingham Forest part company with Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill speaking to ITV Central last season
Steve Cotterill speaking to ITV Central last season Photo: ITV Central

Just over 24 hours after the Al-Hasawi family bought Nottingham Forest, manager Steve Cotterill has lost his job.

Although his side only just avoided relegation last year, Cotterill can't be held solely responsible for the club's 19th placed finish.

Cotterill had been brought in after changes made by his short lived predecessor Steve McLaren had already seen the club in free fall.

Nobody at Nottingham Forest is making them self available for interview today however this statement was issued.

"Nottingham Forest can confirm that manager Steve Cotterill has departed the club with immediate effect.Mr Cotterill met with the club’s new owners, the Al-Hasawi family, yesterday and after long deliberations they have decided to make a new appointment in a bid to deliver their long-term vision.

The club would like to acknowledge their gratitude to Mr Cotterill for guiding it through an extremely difficult and traumatic period and for retaining the side’s Championship status last season.

The club will be making no further comment at this time."

– Nottingham Forest statement on Steve Cotterill's departure

Getting rid of Cotterill in such quick fashion does appear ruthless, but also suggests that the Al-Hasawi family will not be content with their new club 'surviving' in the Championship, and that perhaps they intend to invest heavily in the team with an eye for promotion.

If that is the case, they would most likely want a manager with a proven record of attracting and handling big name players.

Today's actions have answered the question hanging over Steve Cotterill's future, but in doing so raised many more.

Hopefully some of those will be answered on Saturday when the Al-Hasawi family have said they will make themselves available at a press conference.