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Confirmed: Nottingham Forest make second senior appointment

By Matt Farr

Nottingham Forest have appointed Mark Warburton as their new manager, it has been confirmed.

The 54-year-old has been offered a swift route back into management, following his rather acrimonious dismissal from Rangers last month.

The appointment was confirmed by the club’s official Twitter account on Tuesday morning, with Warburton replacing current chief Gary Brazil with immediate effect.

Warburton will also be joined at the City Ground by assistant head coach David Weir, with the pair each signing two-year deals.

A third former Rangers figure has already taken up arms at Nottingham Forest in Frank McParland, who was appointed as director of football earlier this month.

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The trio were all dismissed by Rangers in February, but Nottingham Forest have moved swiftly to reunite the team to help them retain their Championship status this season.

Warburton arrives at Forest with a massive job on his hands to steer the club clear of relegation, with just a two-point cushion between themselves and the bottom three.

Despite some positive results, including a shock 3-0 win over Brighton, the appointment brings to an abrupt end the tenure of Brazil, who had initially been handed the management role until the end of the season.

The Nottingham Forest hierarchy had grown impatient with Brazil after failing to improve the club’s league position, but they hope to make a fresh start under the leadership of Warburton.

His first match in charge will be the East Midlands derby meeting with rivals Derby on Saturday.

In other Nottingham Forest news, talks are underway with Fawaz Al Hasawi for this Greek chief to take ownership of the club.

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