Ex-England boss quits Forest

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Steve McClaren’s unhappy tenure as Nottingham Forest manager came to an end last night after the former England boss resigned in the wake of a sixth defeat in 10 league matches.

McClaren had only been at the City Ground since June but, in the aftermath of a 3-1 home defeat to Birmingham, tendered his resignation to chairman Nigel Doughty, who went on to confirm he would step down from his role at the end of the season.

Forest, who lie just one point and one place above the npower Championship relegation zone, have already started the search for his successor. McClaren, who was vilified by England fans after he failed to qualify for Euro 2008, had rehabilitated his reputation somewhat during a successful spell with FC Twente but came to Forest having been sacked by German side Wolfsburg.

The club released an official statement shortly after news of McClaren’s departure broke, confirming that despite being only three and a half months into a three-year contract, he would not be claiming any compensation.

The statement read: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that Steve McClaren has resigned from his role as manager. He has left the club without compensation - nor will he be seeking any.

“Mr Doughty has also announced his intention to step down as chairman of the club at the end of the season after 10 years in the role.”