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Memorial service to honour late Forest owner

Memorial service to be held for Nigel Doughty Credit: PA/John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Nottingham Forest fans will have the chance to honour the memory of the Club’s late owner Nigel Doughty today.

A Memorial Service is due to take place at Westminster Cathedral in London this afternoon.

Mr Doughty, who owned The Reds for 12 years and was Club Chairman for a decade, passed away in February this year, aged 54.

Renaming of Nottingham Forest Academy, in pictures

The official opening of the renamed Academy Credit: ITV Central

The Nottingham Forest Academy has been officially renamed the Nigel Doughty Academy in memory of Doughty, who passed away earlier this year.

The Academy today after being renamed Credit: ITV Central
The Academy is home to footballers of the future Credit: ITV Central
The new sign at the entrance to the Academy Credit: ITV Central

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Nigel Doughty's widow tells of joy at renaming of Notts Forest Academy

The Nottingham Forest Academy was officially renamed the Nigel Doughty Academy earlier today, in honour of the late owner.

Mr Doughty, who died at a gym in his Lincolnshire home saved the club from administration when he bought it in 1999. His widow Lucy said:

"He wanted so badly to give Nottingham such an academy for the youngsters of tomorrow, for tomorrow's footballers. He belived so much in the preparation as a footballer and it brings us great joy."

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Roy Keane 'would be interested in Nottingham Forest post'

Roy Keane would be interested in the managerial post at Nottingham Forest if he was approached by the club's new owners, according to the former Manchester United captain's representative.

Forest are looking for a new manager after the Kuwaiti-based Al-Hasawi family sacked Steve Cotterill.

I think Roy would be interested if he was approached. He is available and I think it would be a job that would appeal to him."

– Solicitor Michael Kennedy, who represents Roy Keane

Former Forest midfielder Keane was immediately installed as one of the favourites to replace Cotterill.

Solicitor Michael Kennedy, who represents the 40-year-old, says Keane would be interested in ending his 18-month exile from management to talk to the club he served for three years as a player.

The Al-Hasawi family intend to get Forest back into the top flight of English football and are keen to appoint a manager with Championship experience.

Keane has been out of management since leaving Ipswich in January 2011 when seven losses in nine games left them 19th in the Championship.

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