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Nottingham Forest identify Championship man as top target

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Paul Heckingbottom is top of Nottingham Forest’s list as they continue to search for a new manager, according to a reliable football journalist.

Alan Nixon is reporting via his personal Twitter account that Paul Heckingbottom is first choice for Nottingham Forest but there have been delays in approaching him.

Nixon has revealed that matters in Greece have held up the approach but he is still considered to be the first choice to succeed Warburton at The City Ground.

Nottingham Forest recently sacked Mark Warburton in controversial fashion after owner Evangelos Marinakis deemed him to have under performed in his role as manager.

Warburton departed alongside Director of Football Frank McParland and Assistant Manager David Weir after just nine months in charge, despite avoiding relegation last season and guiding Forest to 14th this season.

A number of candidates have been discussed for the vacant role as Gary Brazil – the academy manager – continues to assume managerial duties on a caretaker basis ahead of today’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom is the priority for Forest.

The 40-year-old has been permanent manager of Barnsley since June 2016 after winning promotion while in charge of the club as caretaker manager.

The Verdict

Although Warburton’s sacking was surprising, Heckingbottom would be an excellent appointment.

He has overachieved on a shoestring budget at Barnsley and he has been very shrewd in the transfer market to replace a number of high profile departures.

For Heckingbottom too, the chance to move to Forest could be tempting given the increased funds available.

Nottingham Forest fans – Would you like to see Heckingbottom as your new manager? Let us know below…

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