By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest have been granted permission to speak to Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough about the vacant managerial post at the City Ground, according to a reliable journalist.
Forest sacked Philippe Montanier earlier this month after a miserable run of results left the club languishing just three points above the Championship relegation zone in 20th place.
Sky Sports reported on Friday that Forest had made Burton manager Nigel Clough their number one target, and that they had made an approach to their Championship rivals over the possibility of speaking to him about becoming their new manager.
Paul Taylor, who works for the Nottingham Post, claimed on his Twitter account on Saturday afternoon that Burton have now granted Forest permission to speak to Clough, although talks between the two parties are yet to get underway.
Burton have given Nigel Clough permission to speak to #nffc But he has not held those talks yet.
— Paul Taylor (@nottmtails) January 28, 2017
The news comes as a massive boost to Forest, who are set to make significant progress in their pursuit of a new manager in the coming days.
Clough has a huge history with at the east Midlands outfit, having made over 400 appearances for the club in all competitions during his playing career.
The 50-year-old is the second-highest goalscorer in their history, and it would be fitting for him to return to the City Ground this month. His father Brian, is also a Forest icon.
Since taking charge at Burton in 2015, Clough has led the club into the second-tier for the first time in their history, where they are currently 22nd after 27 games.
Gary Brazil is currently in temporary charge of Nottingham Forests’ affairs, and is expected to make way from his caretaker post when a new manager is appointed.
Football Insider verdict
Clough is a fantastic choice for Nottingham Forest, not just because of his managerial record, but also because of his history with the club. He is held in high-regard by the supporters, and he is a man they can instantly get behind. The club have fallen into disarray of late, and they need a dramatic turnaround in the second-half of the campaign if they are to avoid slipping further into a relegation battle, and everyone at the club will be eager to throw their full support at Clough. Now that they have been granted permission to begin talks, Forest will seek to push through the deal as quickly as possible, so that he has as much time as possible to make the changes required at the club.
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