Former England manager Steve McClaren was today named by Nottingham Forest as their new boss.
McClaren has signed a three-year contract at the City Ground and takes over from Billy Davies, who was sacked yesterday.
McClaren, recently linked with the vacancy at Aston Villa, returns to club management in England - having previously been with Middlesbrough - after time in Holland and Germany with FC Twente and Wolfsburg.
McClaren, 50, was sacked as England manager by the Football Association following his team’s failure to qualify for Euro 2008.
Forest believe he can lead them back into the Barclays Premier League.
They were relegated in 1999 and have been unable to claw their way back, with their spell in the Football League including three seasons in League One from 2005 to 2008.
Forest chief executive Mark Arthur pointed to McClaren’s track record in club management as the reason for his appointment.
Arthur said on Forest’s official website: “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 [in 1999], three Premier League titles and an FA Cup; 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.
“We are delighted to have him on board at the City Ground.”