No sooner had Billy Davies been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest had news emerged that the club were speaking to Steve McClaren about the managerial vacancy and it was announced on Monday that the former England coach has signed a three-year deal at the City Ground.
McClaren has gone some way to restore his reputation since being sacked by England, winning the Dutch title with FC Twente before a disappointing spell with Wolfsburg. He was clearly a delighted man after agreeing terms with Forest.
The Forest chief executive, Mark Arthur, said: “The club moved quickly to secure his services as it is rare for a manager and coach of his undoubted calibre to be available.
“Steve has a proven track record of coaching and managing at club level, having played a key role in helping Manchester United secure the Champions League trophy, three Premier League titles and an FA Cup [as the assistant manager]; guided Middlesbrough to the League Cup and also to the final of the Uefa Cup and led FC Twente to their first ever Dutch title.”
Indeed, many people forget McClaren’s credentials which led him to getting the England job and it could help Forest reach the Premier League in the next couple of seasons.