Forest silent over McClaren quit reports

02 September 2011 12:30

Nottingham Forest have refused to respond to reports that Steve McClaren is ready to quit the Championship club after just seven games in charge.

Former England coach McClaren was appointed at the City Ground just 11 weeks ago, but reports on Friday suggested he was considering his future after becoming frustrated at a lack of investment in his squad.

Representatives from the former European champions were unavailable for comment on Friday, while McClaren's agent Colin Gordon also refused to reply to the speculation.

McClaren is back in English football for the first time since his failed reign as national team boss ended in 2007, but he has endured a rocky start at Forest.

The ex-Wolfsburg boss has only won one league game -- Forest lie 18th in the table -- and he has had trouble persuading the club's board to back him in the transfer market.

Since he arrived in the close-season, nine players have left Forest, with Ishmael Miller, Jonathan Greening, George Boateng and Andy Reid his only signings.

McClaren was reported to have been denied the chance to strengthen the squad further before Wednesday's transfer deadline despite reportedly being told there were funds for signings.

At the time of his appointment in June, Forest chief executive Mark Arthur said: "Money has been available in the past. (Chairman) Nigel Doughty has put £25 million into the club in the last two seasons.

"Steve will have similar funds available to him if he can identify a player of the quality who will enhance the quality of the current squad."

A manager complaining about lack of transfer activity is nothing new for Forest as former boss Billy Davies, whom McClaren replaced, regularly spoke about his frustration.

Source: AFP