Following the removal of Stuart Pearce, another six members of staff have allegedly left their respective roles at Nottingham Forest in the space of just two days.
It has been a hectic few days at Forest, who within the past couple of days have sacked and replaced their manager, had their chief executive resign and now numerous members of the backroom staff have followed suit, possibly for the new manager to bring in his own staff.
Forest, who are lying in 12th position in the Championship table, parted company with Reds legend Stuart Pearce following a dismal run of form with only one win and six defeats in their last seven games.
The decision makers at The City Ground wasted no time in replacing Pearce, as on the same evening, former Forest player Dougie Freedman was announced as the man taking over the helm.
Following this it has been reported that Paul Faulkner, who was appointed as chief executive in September, has left his role after the club decided to sack Pearce, although the club have not released an official statement on the matter.
And the ball has kept rolling as backroom staff members such as, assistant manager Steve Wigley, goalkeeping coach Tim Flowers and first team coach Brian Eastick, along with others are rumoured to have departed their roles at The City Ground. Again Forest are yet to release a statement about the departures.
After a promising start to life under the man nicknamed ‘Psycho’ by the fans, Forest have slipped up, and in their last 21 outings (dating back to the game against Brighton on 27th September 2014 until the 31st January 2015) they have only won 3 of those matches, coming against Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Derby County.
But the two matches that followed the dramatic win at Derby both ended in defeat and the home defeat against Millwall on Saturday 31st January proved to be Pearce’s last in charge of the Reds.
A statement from owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, on the NFFC website stated:
“My decision to relieve Stuart of his duties is the hardest footballing decision I have ever made.I came to that decision after a long conversation with Stuart about the best next step for the club. Unfortunately, recent results convinced me it was best to pursue alternative managerial options. I hope our supporters understand my decision.” – Fawaz Al Hasawi
Despite dismissing Pearce, Fawaz Al Hasawi offered Pearce an ‘advisory role’ thought to be a director of football position, but it is rumoured that Pearce has turned down this offer, although Forest have not yet released a statement.
The new man in charge, Dougie Freedman, is no stranger to Forest having played there between 1998-2000, and will be in place for the match on Saturday away at Brighton and Hove Albion.
He has also experienced the Championship before as a manager, with spells in charge of Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers.
Forest are due to hold a press conference later on in the afternoon, which could clarify the recent goings on at the club.