Sheffield United: Neil Warnock linked with Nottingham Forest as Davies is sacked

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Former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock could be in line for a return to football at Nottingham Forest who have sacked boss Billy Davies.

Speculation of an appointment mounted on Sunday with Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi understood to have met with Warnock, less than 24 hours after the club’s humiliating 5-0 defeat away to fierce rivals Derby County.

Then on Monday afternoon, the club confirmed that Davies had been dismissed. A statement on Nottingham Forest’s officlal website stated: “Nottingham Forest Football Club have confirmed the termination of manager Billy Davies’ employment.

“The club thank Mr Davies for his efforts during his second spell as manager since his re-appointment in February 2013 and wish him well for the future.

“Nottingham Forest will make a further announcement in due course.”

With Forest currently two points outside of the Play off places it is believed that Al Hasawi wants Warnock, who led United into the top flight in 2005/06, to spearhead a push for promotion before making a decision on a long-term role in the summer.

Warnock managed his boyhood club Sheffield United for seven-and-a-half years but resigned following relegation from the Premiership in 2007.

The 65 year old went on to manage Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United, but has not been with a club since being shown the door at Elland Road just under a year ago.