By Wayne Veysey

13th Mar, 2017 | 12:40pm

Nottingham Forest set to appoint 54-year-old as manager in next 24 hours - reliable journalist

By Alex Stevens

Nottingham Forest are close to appointing Mark Warburton as their new manager, according to a reliable journalist.

Nottingham Post correspondent Paul Taylor took to Twitter early on Monday afternoon to reveal that the Championship club are working on a deal to make Warburton their permanent manager.

Taylor reported on his personal Twitter account that Forest could finalise the appointment of the 54-year-old former Rangers and Brentford boss within the next 24 hours.

Warburton has been out of work since leaving Rangers in acrimonious circumstances along with his assistant David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland more than a month ago.

But it appears that Warburton, who steered Brentford to the Championship play-offs in 2014-15, is set to be reunited with McParland, who was recently appointed as the new Forest director of football until the end of the season.

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Gary Brazil had been appointed in interim charge of the club until the end of the season after Philippe Montanier was sacked in January.

Brazil made a strong initial impact in his caretaker capacity before Forest’s results subsequently nosedived and, bar an unexpected 3-0 win over promotion candidates Brighton nine days ago, their results have been poor.

Back-to-back defeats against Brentford and Burton, both in the bottom half of the table, have left Forest placed 19th and just two points clear of the drop zone.

In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, Brazil identifies which two areas of his squad that need strengthening.

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