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Clark appointed Forest chairman

12 Oct 2011 23:05:29

Clark appointed Forest chairman

Frank Clark has been charged with heading up the search for Nottingham Forest's next manager after being confirmed as the club's new chairman.

Clark, a Forest favourite who previously enjoyed success as both a player and manager at the midlands club, accepted Nigel Doughty's approach to succeed him on Wednesday. Doughty stood down as chairman on October 2, the same day that saw manager Steve McClaren tender his resignation following a 3-1 home loss to Birmingham.

"Frank Clark has accepted Nigel Doughty's invitation to succeed him as chairman of Nottingham Forest with immediate effect," read a statement on club website www.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

"Clark has the unique distinction of not only having played for the club - and won league championship and European Cup winners' medals - but also to have enjoyed great success as manager of The Reds."

Clark succeeded Brian Clough as Forest manager in 1993 and guided the club to promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt. He led the club to third place in their first term back in the top flight and to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup the following season.

The 68-year-old left Forest in 1996 and had a spell in charge of Manchester City before spending more than a decade as vice-chairman of the League Managers Association.

Clark's first task back in the Forest fold is to find McClaren's City Ground successor, with Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill, former Barnsley manager Mark Robins and Aston Villa coach Kevin MacDonald all reportedly in the frame.

McClaren's record at Forest was an unhappy one, lasting just three-and-a-half months and including six defeats in 10 npower Championship outings.

The former England manager left with the club one place and one point above the relegation zone.


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