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Forest owner stresses patience as club look for new manager

Fawaz Al Hasawi has released a statement after Billy Davies' sacking Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

The Nottingham Forest owner has released a statement in which he has stressed the need for patience, as he decides who will succeed Billy Davies as manager.

Fawaz Al Hasawi also said the media will be given regular access to the new manager, whoever it is, and any bans imposed on members of the press will be lifted.

He added that Academy manager, Gary Brazil, will be in charge of the first team until a new manager is appointed.

The statement from the chairman reads:

"I would like to place on record my gratitude to Billy Davies for all his efforts as manager of Nottingham Forest Football Club. I wish him all the best for the future."

"I am aware many people expect me to announce a new manager imminently, however I must stress the need for patience as I make the important decision of who takes the reins at this crucial stage of the season..."

"...Supporters can rest assured the local and national press will have regular access to whoever is appointed as our new manager as, with immediate effect, any bans imposed on members of the media are lifted. I hope the club can now look forward to enjoying a positive relationship with the press..."

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Nottingham Forest sign defender on loan from Leeds

Lee Peltier has found himself out of favour at Leeds this season Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Nottingham Forest have signed Leeds United defender, Lee Peltier, on loan until the end of the season.

The full back previously worked with Neil Warnock while at Leeds, fuelling speculation that Warnock may take over at Nottingham Forest after the dismissal of Billy Davies.

Peltier is mostly regarded as a right back, but can play anywhere across the back line. Nottingham Forest have been looking for injury cover, with 9 first team players currently out of action.

Billy Davies sacked by Forest for a second time

Stock photo of Billy Davies at the City Ground Credit: PA

Nottingham Forest has issued a very short statement on its website confirming the 'termination of manager Billy Davies' employment.'

It brings to an end the Scot's second spell in charge at the club, after he was re-appointed 13 months ago.

The statement thanked 'Mr Davies for his efforts during his second spell as manager'.

The club says it's due to make a further announcement in due course, although there's heavy speculation Neil Warnock could be the man to replace Davies at the city ground, with reports he's already met with Forest's owners the Al Hasawi family.

Forest suffer 5-0 humiliation in East Midlands Derby

Nottingham Forest have suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of local rivals Derby County today.

The bitter rivals went head-to-head at the Rams' iPro Stadium in today's early kick-off and it was Steve McClaren's side who looked the brightest from the start.

Craig Bryson's sixth minute goal got the home side underway, with the midfielder going on to score a hat-trick in what was a man-of-the-match performance.

Billy Davies' Reds side could not muster a reply all afternoon and found themselves 3-0 down at the break, thanks to two from Bryson and another from Jeff Hendrick.

The second half was just as bad for the visitors, thanks to Johnny Russell's magnificent 20-yard strike and Bryson's third from the penalty spot to compound their misery.

The result means Forest stay in sixth place for a couple of hours at least, whilst Derby sit in third and have automatic promotion firmly in their sights.

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Marlon King admits dangerous driving charge

King faces up to two years in jail Credit: Press Association

Former Premier League footballer Marlon King today pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to dangerous driving after a three-car crash left a motorist with a fractured elbow.

King, of Torksey, Lincolnshire, was due to go on trial at Nottingham Crown Court today after pleading not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

The footballer, who appeared in the dock wearing a blue suit and open-necked white shirt, changed his plea to one of guilty to the charge this morning.

The striker, who has played for Nottingham Forest, Coventry City and Birmingham City, faces a maximum sentence of two years' imprisonment.

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