Rangers

By Harry Sykes

David Weir is set to quit Aston Villa to become Mark Warburton’s number two at Nottingham Forest, according to a reliable journalist.

The Scottish Sun claimed a week ago that Weir had joined Villa in a scouting role until the end of the season weeks after his exit from Rangers.

But talkSPORT broadcaster Ian Abrahams reported on Twitter that the temporary post at the Birmingham club will not prevent Weir from moving to their Championship rivals Forest.

Abrahams claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday night that Warburton will be appointed the new Forest manager on Tuesday.

In response to a question from a supporter, Abrahams added that Weir will be Warburton’s assistant for the third time following their alliances at Rangers and Brentford.

The duo and recruitment chief Frank McParland left Rangers in acrimonious circumstances at the start of February.

McParland was appointed the director of football at Forest 10 days ago in a deal until the end of the season and he will reportedly be joined at the club by allies Warburton and Weir.

Gary Brazil had been appointed in interim charge of the east Midlands 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 Aston Villa transfer news, a senior figure has joined the Midlands giants after completing a switch from Scotland.

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