Davies returns as manager of Nottingham Forest

Billy Davies is set to return to Forest. Photo: PA

Nottingham Forest have re-appointed Billy Davies as manager.

The 48-year-old Scot, who was fired from his previous spell in June 2011, returns to the dugout at the City Ground following Alex McLeish's departure on Monday.

"I'm delighted to welcome Billy back to our club and really look forward to working closely with him," chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi told the npower Championship club's official website.

"Billy has unfinished business with the Reds and we know how hungry he is for success. In returning to the City Ground we believe his leadership will help us fulfil our ambition of making it to the Premier League.

"Billy is a Forest legend who needs no introduction to our loyal fans. We know how excited he is to pick up where he left off last time and we will back him 110 per cent - this is a very exciting appointment for us."

After steering the club away from relegation following his appointment in January 2009 and then masterminding successive play-off campaigns during his first spell at the City Ground, Davies is on record as stating that he has "unfinished business" at the club.

Davies remains popular among Forest fans and the Al-Hasawi family, the club's Kuwaiti owners, are keen to win over supporters following the turbulent start to their tenure.

The Al-Hasawis are making their third managerial appointment since completing their takeover in the summer.

They began by sacking Steve Cotterill, who had just saved the club from relegation, within days of their arrival.

Sean O'Driscoll, who coached under former boss Steve McClaren, was brought back as number one but sacked on Boxing Day after a 4-2 home win over Leeds which left the Reds just one point adrift of the play-off places.

The surprising decision to sack O'Driscoll was followed by the Kuwaiti's stating their intent to appoint a manager with Premier League experience.

Former Birmingham and Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish was hired the next day but the Scot, after a brief 40-day tenure, left on Tuesday amid rumours of interference in team affairs from the owners.