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Cotterill shown the door by Forest's new owners

Steve Cotterill has been sacked as Nottingham Forest manager after nine months in charge at the City Ground.

The ex-Portsmouth managers' departure from the club is mainly down to Forest’s new ownership.

The Al-Hasawi family completed their takeover of the Championship side on Tuesday, immediately relieving Cotterill (pictured) of his managerial duties.

A statement was released by the new owners, explaining that they have decided to make a new appointment ''to deliver their long term vision.’’

The 47-year-old replaced Steve McClaren last October, before guiding Forest to Championship safety in 19th place last season.

Success elsewhere

After a weak start to the 2011/12 season, with the Reds hovering just above the relegation zone, then club owner Nigel Doughty put Forest up for sale.

Doughty passed away just four months after stepping down as chairman, which led to a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the historic club.

The new owners have experienced high measures of success back home in the Kuwait Premier League with Al-Quadisya Sports Club.

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, ex-Wolves boss Mick McCarthy and Peterborough United coach Darren Ferguson are among the bookmakers favourites to become the next manager.

Forest legend, Kenny Burns, is shocked at the removal of Cotterill, believing the ex-Wimbledon forward should have been offered a chance to guide the Nottingham side to Championship promotion.

Cotterill's work overlooked

Two time European Cup winner Burns said: ''I have some sympathy for him because he did a good job when he came in last season.

''Forest were in a relegation battle and he kept them up.

''If it wasn’t for him they could have been taking over a League One club.

''I’m surprised because I thought he would have been given the time to prove he was the man to take the club into the Premier League.

''The new owners have been ruthless though and it shows they mean business.’’

Forest fans will be hoping his assumptions are correct come the beginning of next season.

By Alex Fitzgerald

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