Forest in talks with Davies

Nottingham Forest have today confirmed that they have entered into negotiations with Billy Davies as their preferred candidate to take over as manager.

Nottingham Forest are holding talks with former Derby boss Billy Davies after identifying him as the man they want to replace the axed Colin Calderwood.
Forest sacked Calderwood on Boxing Day following the 4-2 defeat to Doncaster, with chief executive Mark Arthur indicating the club were looking for a speedy appointment - preferably before the FA Cup third-round tie against Barclays Premier League side Manchester City which takes place this Saturday.

A club statement said: "Nottingham Forest have confirmed they have entered into negotiations with Billy Davies as their preferred candidate to take over as manager."

Davies has been out of football for 13 months since leaving Forest's bitter rivals Derby following their poor start in last season's Barclays Premier League.

The club will not make any further comment at this stage.

It could well be Davies...

Nottingham Forest hope to appoint Billy Davies as their manager before the end of the week. Mark Arthur, the club's chief executive, said yesterday
that -Forest had narrowed their shortlist down to "four or five potential candidates" but it is understood that the former Derby County and Preston
North End manager is the clear frontrunner and, providing a financial package can be agreed, could be in the post in time to take charge of
Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie at Manchester City.

Davies has been out of work since he left Forest's East Midlands rivals, Derby, a little more than 12 months ago but he has been keen to return to
management and it is believed that he was approached by Forest over a month ago. Forest have also considered Aidy Boothroyd and Iain Dowie but Davies,
who led Derby to promotion to the Premier League in his first season at Pride Park, has emerged as the preferred choice to replace Colin Calderwood.

Nigel Clough has also been linked with the City Ground post but the former Forest player, whose late father Brian led the club to two European Cups
and the old first division title, is now the favourite to take over at Pride Park following the departure of Paul Jewell on Monday. The 42-year-old, who
has guided Burton Albion to the top of the Blue Square Premier, has insisted he has not spoken to Forest or Derby. "I have had no contact with either
club and I will just get on with doing my job at Burton, as always," said Clough.

Nige stays quiet over Forest job

NIGEL Clough has refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with the vacant manager's job at Nottingham Forest...

Clough has guided Burton Albion to a ten-point lead at the top of the Blue Square Premier after last night's 2-0 victory at Mansfield – the Brewers' tenth in a row in league competition. Fellow ex-Forest star and Evening Post columnist Garry Birtles says now is the right time for Forest to move for Clough. The 42-year-old has also been linked with Derby after the resignation of Paul Jewell.

Clough said: "I have had no contact with either club and I will just get on with doing my job at Burton, as always. I would rather talk about the ten games we have won on the bounce. I don't want anything to detract from that because it is a remarkable achievement. All my mind is on is our game with York on Thursday."

Source: Nottingham Evening Post

Lynch to stay! Camp on hold!

Nottingham Forest have confirmed they have reached an agreement with
Brighton to extend Joel Lynch's loan spell at The City Ground.

Forest struck the deal with Brighton before Christmas which means the 21
year old, who has already made 13 appearances for The Reds, will spend the
rest of the season on Trentside.

Forest, meanwhile, have also confirmed that discussions with QPR over the
future of goalkeeper Lee Camp at The City Ground have been put on hold until
a new manager is appointed.

Camp believes he is not wanted by Forest

Nottingham Forest's on-loan goalkeeper Lee Camp has said he believes he has played his last game for the club.

Camp threw his shirt into the crowd as the Reds players celebrated Sunday's 3-2 victory at Norwich City.

Camp told BBC Radio Nottingham: "That'll be my last game, the manager who brought me here and wanted me has now left the club.

"Nottingham Forest have had the opportunity to sort it and stalled and now I'm going back to QPR."

Since joining the club Camp has become a favourite amongst the club's supporters, who were chanting in support of the goalkeeper during the match at Carrow Road.

The highlight of his loan spell was a last minute penalty save at the home of his former club and the Reds' local-rivals Derby County, Camp's save secured a point for Forest in a 1-1 draw.

Two weeks later he saved a late penalty at Bristol City as the Reds held on for a 2-2 draw.

Camp added: "I am enjoying playing and the fans have taken to me which is good and it has given me the opportunity to be in the East Midlands around the family.

"If the opportunity came [to stay] I would strongly look at it but it's completely out of my hands at the minute.

"Maybe the new manager will come in and not even consider me."

Source: BBC

Bennett out again

Nottingham Forest look set to be without the services of Julian Bennett for the foreseeable future.

It's feared the popular left back suffered damage to the cruciate ligament in his right knee in yesterday's 4-2 home defeat by Doncaster.

If that is confirmed by hospital scans and tests, Bennett is likely to be sidelined for a prolonged period.

Bennett sustained the injury within seconds of joining the action as a half-time substitute but limped out of the action five minutes later leaving Forest, who had already made all three of their substitutions, with just 10 men.

Also causing concern ahead of tomorrow's trip to Norwich are Joel Lynch (hamstring) and Kelvin Wilson (illness).

Bennett replaced Lynch at the interval, while Wilson only lasted for 25 minutes of the Doncaster game.

Source: NFFC

Billy Davies in the frame?

BILLY Davies is Nottingham Forest's number one choice to replace Colin Calderwood.

William McIntosh "Billy" Davies (born 31 May 1964) is a Scottish football manager and former player.

The club are hoping to make an appointment in the next 24 hours, before the trip to relegation rivals Norwich.

And, while Alan Pardew, Alan Curbishley and Adrian Boothroyd remain potential candidates for the role, it is former Derby manager Davies who tops the club's list.
It is understood Davies was initially approached more than a month ago, when the pressure began to build on Calderwood as Forest struggled to acclimatise to life in the Championship.

And, now the axe has fallen on the Scot, following last night's dour 4-2 home defeat at the hands of struggling Doncaster, Forest are likely to pursue fresh talks with the man who steered the Rams into the Premiership.

Former Reading, West Ham and Charlton boss Pardew is also in the running however, along with Boothroyd, who guided Watford into the top flight, and Curbishly, who had long periods of success with Charlton.

Calderwood was sacked following a run of only four wins in 25 matches.

Chief executive Mark Arthur said: "We are grateful to Colin for leading us to promotion from League One. But we are in a results business and it is imperative that the club stays in the Championship. We need to give ourselves an opportunity to do that."

Source: Evening Post

Managerial honours

Preston North End 2004-2006
Football League Championship Playoffs
Runners-up (1): 2004-05
Semi-finalists (1): 2005-06

Derby County 2006-2007
Football League Championship Playoffs
Winners (1): 2006-07

Manager awards
SPL Manager of the Month (1): November 2000

Calderwood Gone!

COLIN Calderwood has been sacked following Nottingham Forest's disastrous 4-2 defeat by Doncaster Rovers.
The City Ground boss paid the price for a run of form that has seen the club firmly anchored in the bottom three of the Championship with only four wins all season.
Defeat against fellow strugglers Doncaster proved the final straw.

Forest chief executive Mark Arthur said: "We're grateful to Colin for his efforts over the last two-and-a-half years, in particular for leading us to promotion from League One.

"But we're in a result business and it's imperative the club stays in the Championship. We need to give ourselves every opportunity to do that."

First-team coach David Kerslake has also left the club.

Forest manager hints at Camp deal

Forest have the option to sign Camp on a permanent deal in January.

Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood has hinted that he may try to extend goalkeeper Lee Camp's time at The City Ground.

Camp, 24, is on loan from QPR until the end of the year, and Calderwood is planning to use the remaining time to work out a plan for the future.

"We've got all of this month to sit down and discuss where we want to go with it," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"But we're really pleased with Lee's input into the team."

"I think its important that we have stability in terms of starting to minimise the goals against us," the Scot added.

Camp has started nine Championship games for the Reds this season.

Source: BBC Sport

It's Man City Away!

Forest have drawn Manchester City away in the 3rd round of the 2008/2009 FA Cup