Gunter to stay at Forest?

On-loan Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter has not ruled out a return to the City Ground next season.The 19-year-old Welsh international has played five times since joining from Tottenham as the Reds battle against relegation from the Championship.

Gunter told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It's a fantastic club with brilliant people and it couldn't have gone any better.
"I'm contracted to Spurs, but if they tell me to go for a season on loan then it's something to consider."

Gunter joined Spurs from Cardiff for about £3m in January 2008 but has only made three Premier League appearances this season.

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

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

Old King Cole?

Doubt today surrounded Andrew Cole's future at Nottingham Forest.

The club today insisted the striker was still a Forest player, with chief executive Mark Arthur refuting talk that Cole's contract had been cancelled by mutual consent.

But it is understood that the Nottingham-born former Manchester United and Newcastle star is increasingly frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities – and is requesting talks about his future.

Cole was left out of the squad altogether when Cardiff visited on Saturday, after starting the two previous matches against QPR and Ipswich.

And he had previously publicly expressed his dismay at finding himself on the sidelines earlier in the campaign, warning that he had not come to the club to 'sit on the bench'.

But with Joe Garner, Robert Earnshaw and Paul Anderson returning to full fitness – and Forest manager Colin Calderwood often favouring a three-man front line that includes two pacy wide-men – Cole is seemingly facing an even bigger fight to get into the team.

And it now appears that the 37-year-old is prepared to consider leaving the City Ground in search of more regular first team football.

Cole has started five matches and made six substitute appearances for Forest, but is still waiting for his first goal for the club he watched as a boy.

McManus said "No" to Forest

Crewe new boy Scott McManus has revealed he rejected the chance to joining Nottingham Forest in favour of moving to Gresty Road.

The 19-year-old left-back signed a two-year deal with the Railwaymen on Monday after having a trial with Championship outfit Forest.
However, the former Manchester United trainee believes his development will be aided by having greater first-team opportunities with the Railwaymen.
He told the Sentinel: "I've been to Nottingham Forest on trial as well, but I've signed where I preferred to come.
"I have a better opportunity here I think, there is a better chance for me to progress with my career."

Source: TeamTalk

Watson move back on?

Nottingham Forest are again being linked with a move for Ben Watson, who looks up for grabs at Crystal Palace.

The midfielder remains at Selhurst Park despite strong interest from Forest, QPR and Birmingham City but reports now claim Palace are ready to let him go.

Forest are ready to pay £2.5million in installments for Watson and Palace reports claim Forest are ready to accept that method as the transfer deadline fast approaches.