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Nottingham Forest confirm departure of key man

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Nottingham Forest have confirmed the sacking of manager Mark Warburton in an official statement on the club’s website.

Mark Warburton departs Nottingham Forest after having his contract terminated by the club – with the Reds currently sitting in mid-table in the Sky Bet Championship.

Warburton was brought in last year – alongside David Weir as assistant manager and Frank McParland as Director of Football – and he was tasked with keeping Nottingham Forest up.

He succeeded in doing this thanks to a final day win over Ipswich Town last season.

After showing early signs of promise this term, Warburton’s side has slipped into mid-table and they currently sit 14th in the Championship after losing at home to Chris Coleman’s struggling Sunderland side.

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has consequently moved to dismiss Warburton and has also sacked David Weir and Frank McParland from their roles too.

Under Warburton this season, Forest have won ten matches and lost fourteen, which leaves them with 31 points after 25 games – ten points shy of the play-offs and nine adrift of relegation.

Academy manager Gary Brazil – who spent a period of time in charge of the club last year before Warburton’s arrival – is set to once again assume control of the first team on a caretaker manager basis.

The Verdict

The decision to sack Warburton after just nine months in charge seems odd to me.

After surviving the drop last season, he should have been given more time to find some success at the City Ground and guiding his side to mid-table in a competitive division is not to be underestimated.

This move by Marinakis will be bringing back nightmares of the Fawaz Al Hasawi era for Forest fans and the next appointment must be spot on otherwise a relegation battle could commence.

Nottingham Forest fans – What do you make of this news? Let us know below…

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