By Amir Mir

Garry Birtles thinks Burton manager Nigel Clough would be “interested” in the vacant post at Nottingham Forest.

Owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi sacked Frenchman Philippe Montanier last Saturday after Forest drew o-o at Birmingham City.

Nigel Clough, the son of club legend Brian, played for Forest as a player but has never managed the side before.

He is currently in charge of Championship outfit Burton, who are one place and two points below Forest in the table.

Former Reds forward Birtles has backed Clough to follow in his father’s footsteps and take charge of the City ground.

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“He unites people,” said Birtles, as quoted by the Nottingham Forest Post. “He would unite the club – it’s not just individuals, it’s a football club. That’s what needs to happen – the club needs uniting; the whole thing needs uniting.

“He could help bring stability. I just can’t believe he’s been overlooked every time a manager has been appointed.

“I would like to think he’d be interested. I don’t see why not. It’s a fantastic job, that’s why so many people are interested in it.”

Birtles was part of the Reds’ greatest ever triumph when they lifted two European Cups under the stewardship of Brian Clough.

However, things have changed a lot since then as Forest are now a struggling second-tier outfit heading for League One.

They are three points and two places above the drop zone having lost six of their last eight games in all competitions.

Nigel Clough managed Forests’ bitter rivals Derby County for a four-year period so it remains to be seen what the reaction would be like by supporters if they were to appoint him.

Forest will now turn their attention to the weekend where they welcome Lee Johnson’s Bristol City to the Midlands before taking on promotion hopefuls Leeds four days later.

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