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Blackstock faces betting charge

Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock has been charged in relation to breaking the Football Association's betting rules.

Blackstock, currently recovering from a serious knee injury sustained during a loan spell at Leeds in December, has been accused of multiple breaches of conduct and has six days in which to respond to the charge.

Dexter Blackstock Credit: Press Association

An FA statement said: "Nottingham Forest's Dexter Blackstock has been charged with multiple breaches of FA Rule E8(b) for misconduct in relation to betting.

"Blackstock has until Monday 28 April 2014 to respond to the charge."

Blackstock, who signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract at the City Ground last season, last played for Forest in October and later that month he was sent out on loan to Sky Bet Championship rivals Leeds.

After four appearances for the Yorkshire club, the 27-year-old suffered a season-ending knee injury in training ahead of Leeds' league game against Blackburn.

He is not expected to play again until next season, when Stuart Pearce will have begun his tenure as Forest manager.


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Stuart Pearce heads home to the City Ground

Stuart Pearce during his days as a player at Nottingham Forest Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Facts about Stuart Pearce at Nottingham Forest:

Joined as a player on June 3 1985 and left on August 1 1997.

He signed for a fee of £200,000.

He scored 63 league goals, 9 FA Cup goals and 10 league cup goals.

He made 523 appearances in all competitions for the club.

He captained at Forest.

ITV Central understands Pearce to be named as new Forest manager

ITV understands Stuart Pearce is set to be announced as new Nottingham Forest manager Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

ITV News Central understands Stuart Pearce is set to be unveiled as the new manager of Nottingham Forest.

The club has called a press conference at 12.30pm today.

This comes after the club owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi dismissed Billy Davies on March 24 after eight games without a win.

Stuart Pearce: "Im still chatting with Nottingham Forest"

Former Nottingham Forest captain Stuart Pearce has confirmed he is still in talks with the club about becoming their new manager.

It follows Billy Davies' sacking last month.

Will Stuart Pearce make a return to the City Ground? Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Pearce, who played at Forest for 12 years, turned down the job last week, but it now appears he may have made a u-turn.

He told talkSPORT: "I'm still chatting with Nottingham Forest. That will continue. That's the best I can say at the moment."


Stuart Pearce odds 1/10 to take Nottingham Forest vacancy

Will former Nottingham Forest captain Stuart Pearce make a return to the City Ground? Credit: Scott Heppell/PA Wire

The latest odds for Nottingham Forest manager role:

Stuart Pearce - 1/10

Gianfranco Zola - 16/1

Gary Brazil - 16/1

Steve Clarke - 16/1

Leonardo Jardim - 18/1

Malky Mackay - 18/1

Glenn Hoddle - 25/1

Dean Saunders - 28/1

Nigel Clough - 28/1

Roy Keane - 28/1

Brian Laws - 28/1

(Odds courtesy of SkyBet and correct at time of publication)

Nottingham Forest manager vacancy: Latest odds

Billy Davies was sacked on Monday for Forest for a second time Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Nottingham Forest are not only searching for their first win in eight league games but they are also on the hunt for a new manager following the sacking of Billy Davies earlier this week.

Forest travel to Ipswich in the Championship this afternoon.

But who is the current favourite to take the vacancy at the City Ground?

Gianfranco Zola - 9/4

Steve Clarke - 6/1

Martin O'Neil - 6/1

Glenn Hoddle - 6/1

Malky Mackay - 7/1

Nigel Clough - 8/1

Leonardo Jardim - 14/1

Dean Saunders - 16/1

Roy Keane - 20/1

Stuart Pearce - 25/1

(Odds courtesy of SkyBet and correct at time of publication)

Stuart Pearce turns down Nottingham Forest job

Former Nottingham Forest captain played for club for 12 years Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former Nottingham Forest captain has turned down the chance to go back to the club as a manager.

Speaking to talkSPORT he said:

I've had a chat with them but at this moment in time, for personal reasons, I've decided not to take it any further.

After playing for the club for 12 years he said there was an 'emotional pull' but felt he was not the man after holding talks with chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi.

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