Billy Davies started his first days work today back at Nottingham Forest after re-joining the reds last week.
He told the media at a press conference: "We have got absolute loyal supporters here".
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The pellet pierced two-year-old Pemble's right eye, causing irreparable damage to the iris.
The driver and passenger were shaken but otherwise unhurt.
The driver was parked up in a lay-by in Leicestershire when a man approached him.