By Harry Sykes
Nigel Clough has rejected an offer to become the new manager of Nottingham Forest, according to Stan Collymore.
The broadcaster and former Forest player, who was a teammate of Clough’s during their Liverpool days, took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to deliver an update on the managerial situation at the City Ground.
It has been reported that the east Midlands club have asked Championship rivals Burton for permission to hold talks with the son of legendary Forest manager Brian Clough.
Collymore took to his personal Twitter account to report that the two parties had failed to reach an agreement and that Clough “has turned Forest down”.
Nigel Clough has turned Forest down.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 30, 2017
The emphatic decision represents a major blow for the Championship club, who have appointed Gary Brazil in caretaker charge while they try to recruit a permanent manager.
Collymore is a reliable source of information and took to Twitter last week to report how he had met the much-criticised owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi for talks after the failed takeover from an American consortium led by tycoon John Jay Moores.
Clough, who is the current manager of Burton, helped the Championship minnows earn promotion to the second tier for the first time last season.
During this campaign, his side are currently sitting in the relegation zone on 25 points from their 27 games, five points behind 19th placed Forest.
The former European Cup winners are five points above the drop zone but are fearful of getting locked in a relegation battle.
In other Nottingham Forest news, the club have lined up a stunning late January triple swoop.