Forest manager search goes on

  • Last Updated: March 27 2014, 14:55 GMT

Nottingham Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi is aiming to have a new manager in place by the end of next week.

Fawaz Al Hasawi: Nottingham Forest chairman still looking for a manager
Fawaz Al Hasawi: Nottingham Forest chairman still looking for a manager

The Reds are looking for a successor to Billy Davies after his second spell in charge of the club was brought to an end on Monday in the wake of the 5-0 defeat to local rivals Derby.

Al Hasawi has experienced problems replacing the Scot with Neil Warnock and then Stuart Pearce turning down the opportunity.

Warnock rejected the Reds after claiming that he was unhappy with the conditions of the job while Pearce declined the invitation for personal reasons.

It remains unclear whether Al Hasawi, assisted in his search by former European Cup-winning captain and recently-appointed club ambassador John McGovern, is looking for a permanent manager or someone to take charge for the remainder of the season but the Kuwaiti is hopeful of filing the role in some capacity within the next 10 days.

"Hopefully by the end of next week we will have a new manager in place. I am working closely with John McGovern on a daily basis," Al Hasawi said via his Twitter account.

"We don't want to rush into a decision. We have to get the right man and we are prepared to wait to achieve that.

"In the meantime we must all stay behind Gary Brazil. There are important games ahead and the play-offs are still within reach."

Former Forest captain Pearce turned down the chance to return to the club as manager on Thursday.

Pearce, who played for the club for 12 years, said earlier this week that he still had managerial aspirations and described the job as an "outstanding opportunity" for the right person.

However, the 51-year-old feels he is not that man after holding talks with Al Hasawi about succeeding Davies.

He told talkSPORT: "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."

Asked if he was tempted by the offer, Pearce added: "There was an emotional pull because I had 12 great years at that club."

Pearce would have been a popular choice amongst Forest fans.

The tough-tackling left-back spent the majority of his career at the City Ground where he twice won the League Cup under Brian Clough.

During his final season with the club in 1996/97 he also had a brief spell as caretaker manager.

It has been reported that interference in the signing of players and in team selection from Al Hasawi was a factor in both Pearce and Warnock turning down the job.

However, the Kuwaiti insists this is not the case.

"I would like to categorically state I have no desire to interfere in team affairs. The manager's job is to manage," he added.

Brazil, Forest's academy manager, is poised to take charge for the second successive game when Forest attempted to get their Sky Bet Championship promotion challenge back on track at Ipswich on Saturday.

Brazil's first game saw the Reds lose 1-0 at home to Charlton on Tuesday night - a result which left the club seventh in the table and two points shy of a play-off spot.

In the meantime, Al Hasawi's search for a manager will continue with Gianfranco Zola, Glenn Hoddle and Steve Clarke thought to be prospective candidates.


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