Sheffield Wednesday: Former Blade faces Owls

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Stuart Pearce may be waiting in the wings but former Sheffield United forward Gary Brazil is the man with the task of reviving Forest’s flagging challenge for the play-offs.

Brazil experienced relegation and promotions in his five years with the Blades in the early Eighties.

The 51-year-old has been thrust to the forefront of Forest’s battle to go up, after the sacking of Billy Davies, and tonight’s game against the Owls will be his fourth in charge after he stepped up from academy boss to caretaker manager.

He was at Bramall Lane when United went down to the old Fourth Division under Harry Haslam and rose back to the old Second Division with two promotions under Ian Porterfield.

Brazil, born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, made 62 league appearances for United and scored nine goals, after joining them on a free from Terry Venables’ Crystal Palace in 1980.

He went on to play for Preston, Newcastle and Fulham; was assistant to Sam Allardyce at Notts County; and has coached at Doncaster, Fulham and Forest, whom he joined as youth coach two years ago.

Brazil says that Pearce, who has been appointed to take over on July 1, has had no input to team affairs yet.

In the three games under the caretaker boss, Forest have lost 1-0 at home to Charlton, drawn 1-1 at Ipswich, and lost 2-1 at home to Millwall last Saturday.