Nottingham Forest have appointed former England boss Steve McClaren as their new manager, just a day after sacking Billy Davies.McClaren returns to coach in his native England for the first time since leaving the England post in December 2007, having since managed Dutch club FC Twente and Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg.
The 50-year-old former Manchester United assistant tasted success at Twente by leading them to the Eredivisie title in 2009/10, but lasted just 21 games at Wolfsburg before he was sacked in February.
McClaren had been linked with the vacant Aston Villa post until owner Randy Lerner decided against his appointment, having been warned about a supporter backlash.
Forest – who made the semi-finals of the Championship playoffs and fell to eventual winners Swansea City – had no such qualms, according to chief executive Mark Arthur.
“The club moved quickly to secure his services as it is rare for a manager and coach of his undoubted calibre to be available,” Arthur said.
“Steve has a proven track record of coaching and managing at club level, having played a key role in helping Manchester United secure the Champions League trophy, three Premier League titles and an FA Cup; guided Middlesbrough to the League Cup and also to the final of the UEFA Cup and led FC Twente to their first ever Dutch title.”
“We are delighted to have him on board at The City Ground.”
Despite leading Forest into the playoffs, Davies was sacked on Sunday. It is believed frequent run-ins with the club board – with Forest’s transfer policy reportedly one sticking point – led to the former Derby County manager’s dismissal.