Rangers

By Danny Wright

Kenny Burns thinks that Mark Warburton will help keep Nottingham Forest in the Championship if he is appointed manager.

It was revealed on Monday by the Nottingham Post that the ex-Rangers boss is set to take permanent charge at the City Ground within 24 hours.

The 54-year-old left Ibrox in controversial circumstances in February and is likely to join up with director of football Frank McParland, who he worked with at Rangers and Brentford.

Burns also believes that this partnership between manager and director of football could prove to be very useful for Forest.

“I’m happy to see Mark coming in. He has the feel of a more long-term solution, although who knows in football these days,” said Burns in his column on the Nottingham Post website.

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“I feel he’ll come in and do a good job. I feel this makes it more likely Forest will stay up, with all due respect to Gary [Brazil] and Jack [Lester].

“Mark already had his man at the club in director of football Frank McParland.”

Nottingham Forest have been looking to appoint a new permanent manager since owner Fawaz Al Hasawi sacked Philippe Montanier in January.

Brazil made a great start as caretaker manager and was eventually offered the job until the end of the season.

However the Reds have won just one of their last seven matches in the second tier and relegation to League One is looming.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Burton proved to be the last straw for supporters and ultimately Al Hasawi as it left Forest just two points clear of the bottom three.

Should Warburton be appointed as Forest boss before the weekend, his first game in charge would be against Derby in a fiercely contested affair after the Rams have recently made Gary Rowett their new boss.

In other Nottingham Forest news, Burns has singled out this striker for criticism.

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