Nottingham Forest have confirmed that Gary Brazil has taken up the role of Director of Football Development after signing a new long-term contract at the City Ground.
Brazil is a hugely popular figure around the Nottingham club and his work with the club’s young players has led to a number of success stories.
A club statement last night confirmed that Brazil’s role had been spruced up a little, with the title Director of Football Development. That means he will oversee the development of the club’s football philosophy and will be responsible for the academy programme, the domestic scouting and the loan programme of the club.
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Matty Cash is the latest success story to pass through the City Ground. The midfielder was transformed into one of the Championship’s standout right-back’s last season under Sabri Lamouchi, having emerged from the Forest academy.
Over the summer, he secured a move to Aston Villa and has made a seamless transition to life as a Premier League player. It’s claimed Forest pocketed around £16m from Cash’s sale.
Rightly, Forest have ambitions of challenging for promotion in the Championship this season and that should be the focus of Chris Hughton.
However, it’s important that the club continue to look after their future. Brazil has done a brilliant job of doing that over recent seasons and, hopefully, this long-term contract will lead to that continuing.
If Brazil can get Forest’s academy to where they want it, it will be a superb achievement.
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