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Forest appoint O'Driscoll as manager

19 Jul 2012 22:16:56

Forest appoint O'Driscoll as manager

Nottingham Forest have appointed former first-team coach Sean O'Driscoll as their new manager.

O'Driscoll, whose previous clubs include Bournemouth and Doncaster, worked under previous Forest manager Steve Cotterill for five months earlier this year before leaving to join Crawley in May.

The Kuwaiti-based Al Hasawi family sacked Cotterill shortly after taking control of the club and were linked with moves for a string of big-name bosses, including Mick McCarthy, Glenn Hoddle and Roy Keane.

Majority shareholder Fawaz Al Hasawi acknowledged as much, but declared O'Driscoll the ideal appointment, saying: "We interviewed many well-known and high profile figures but we truly believe Sean O'Driscoll is the best man for the job.

"Sean's passion for Nottingham Forest, knowledge of the game and the Championship in particular, plus his work ethic, shone through in our conversations. We are delighted to welcome Sean back to the club. He has our total support and we are looking forward to a long and successful relationship.

"He is hugely respected, not only by members of our current squad and staff at the club for his work in helping transform our fortunes last season, but also within the wider football community."

Crawley chief executive Alan Williams was willing but reluctant to bid O'Driscoll farewell after just two months in the job.

"The club is extremely disappointed to be losing Sean so soon after he came to Crawley Town, but our policy has never been to stand in the way of any employee who feels they would prefer to pursue a role at a different club." he said.

"We would like to thank Sean for his efforts during his time at the club and we wish him all the best for the future."

Crawley director of football Steve Coppell and head coach Craig Brewster will take over team affairs for the time being.


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