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Teen vandals write letter of apology to Nottingham Forest chairman

Chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi, Nottingham Forest Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Two teenagers who vandalised the car of the chairman of Nottingham Forest have been told to write a letter of apology.

The 19-year-olds were arrested for criminal damage to Fawaz Al-Hasawi's Mercedes Benz, which he had parked at the iPro Stadium.

The pair had ripped off the car's windscreen wiper and number plate, and had deflated the tyres.

It happened after the match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest on January 17.

A letter of explanation and apology will be written by both of the teenagers to Nottingham Forest and the club chairman as part of a Restorative Justice agreement.

“Nottingham Forest FC and the chairman were comfortable with a Restorative Justice disposal in this case.

“The two 19-year-olds will write to the club and the chairman to apologise for what they did, which was a course of action agreed by everyone involved.”

– Superintendent Gary Parkin

Dougie Freedman: Forest a fantastic opportunity

Dougie Freedman told the media that he sees taking over at Nottingham Forest as a massive opportunity.

In his first press conference since replacing Stuart Pearce as manager, he said the club has a "fantastic squad, great fanbase, great stadium, great history".

Read: New Forest boss is used to turning teams around

Forest confirm Freedman on 18 month contract

Dougie Feedman in his first press conference at Nottingham Forest Credit: ITV News Central/Peter Bearne

Dougie Freedman has signed an 18-month contract at Nottingham Forest, the club has confirmed.

Those details emerged as the new manager sat in his first press conference at the club.

Freedman took over the reigns on Sunday evening, after Stuart Pearce was relieved of his duties, following just three wins in 23 matches.

Read: Stuart Pearce - A campaign of two stories

Nottingham Forest appoint new manager

Nottingham Forest have appointed former player Dougie Freedman as their new manager with immediate effect. It follows Stuart Pearce being relieved of the role earlier today.

Freedman played for the Reds between 1998-2000, and has also had managerial spells at Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers in the Championship.

Dougie Freedman as Bolton Wanderers manager last month Credit: Tom Yates/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Stuart Pearce leaves Nottingham Forest

Stuart Pearce is considering the offer of an alternative role at the club Credit: PA

Stuart Pearce has left his role as Nottingham Forest manager, the club have confirmed.

In a statement, the club said: "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."

FT: Fulham 3 - 2 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest lost 3 - 2 to Fulham, as the visitors conceded three goals within the first 35 minutes in front of a delighted home crowd.

Forest fought back after watching Ross McCormack score a hat-trick for the London side, Henri Lansbury scoring a free kick on the stroke of half time.

Lansbury added a second goal after the break, but it wasn't enough for Forest.

Forest sign Villa midfielder on loan until end of season

Nottingham Forest have signed midfielder Gary Gardner on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old won five England Under 21 caps under Forest boss Stuart Pearce.

He is available for selection for Forest's match against Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.

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