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35-year old set for key Nottingham Forest role following Karanka exit

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Nottingham Forest defender Michael Dawson is set to step up to assistant manager on a temporary basis while the hunt for a permanent boss is undertaken, according to Pete O’Rourke.

Simon Ireland will be made caretaker manager while they find Aitor Karanka’s replacement after the Spaniard asked to be released from his contract this morning. Forest face Reading at the weekend and it will be Ireland and Dawson taking charge of team affairs.

The 35-year-old former Hull City defender only joined Forest in the summer having started out as a trainee at the City Ground. He’s since gone on to play for Spurs and England in a illustrious career but this will be his first non-playing role, albeit on a temporary basis.

He’s played 13 times for Forest this season, but has only appeared once since the beginning of December as they beat Ipswich 2-0. He came off injured in that game and hasn’t played since.

47-year-old Ireland, the man put in temporary charge, played for Blackburn and Mansfield and only joined Forest in 2018 from the coaching staff at QPR.

Forest are currently seventh in the Championship, four points away from the final play-off place, currently occupied by East Midland rivals Derby County.

The Verdict

Dawson is an experienced individual with a lot to offer in terms of coaching. He’s been around some of the best players in the game and will bring that experience to the dugout.

Simon Ireland was head of coaching at QPR, taking charge of their under 18 side, but only stepped up to senior football when he joined Forest in 2018. He’ll be ably assisted by Dawson, although neither will get the job on a permanent basis.

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