By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi is prepared to allow Gary Brazil to continue his role in charge of the club until the end of the season – because the players are happy working under him.
Brazil was appointed as caretaker manager following the dismissal of Philippe Montanier in mid-January, but has led Nottingham Forest to two wins from his first three league games in charge.
His impressive start has given the club renewed hope that they can turn their miserable season around, although there is still much work ahead with the club languishing in 19th place in the Championship.
However, Al-Hasawi now plans to hand Brazil and his assistant Jack Lester the reins at the City Ground for the remainder of the campaign.
He told the Nottingham Post: “Gary is doing a very good job. I would like to leave him to do his job.
“The players are very happy working under him. People tell me that the mood has changed a lot in the dressing room; that things are very positive. The performances have been better and things just feel very good. He deserves that we give him more time.
“If things do not continue in the same positive fashion in the future, then maybe we will have to think about the situation again. But for the moment I want to let him carry on, because he is doing a good job.”
The news comes as yet another twist in the club’s managerial pursuit, having already been snubbed by primary managerial target Nigel Clough.
The likes of Kenny Jackett, Gary Rowett, and Paul Heckingbottom have also been linked with the post.
Nottingham Forest take on Aston Villa in the Championship on Saturday, where a win could send them as high as 14th, ahead of Steve Bruce’s side.
Football Insider verdict
Although there have been some prestigious names linked with the vacant managerial post at the City Ground in recent weeks, Gary Brazil is probably the best man for the job at Nottingham Forest. He is already familiar with the squad and the club, and has just added a few of his own players in the transfer window. The players appear to have confidence in him, and he has confidence in them; showcased in their recent improved performances in the league. A new manager may have the same impact, but if things continue on their current path, why change a winning formula? Someone like Jackett or Heckingbottom would have to inherit a squad he cannot change until the end of the season, and would have little time to get his ideas across; whereas Brazil has already got the ball rolling.
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