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O'Driscoll appointed new Nottingham Forest manager

Championship outfit Nottingham Forest have announced Sean O'Driscoll as their new manager as he signed a three-year deal at the City Ground on Thursday.

The East Midlands club who have recently been acquired by the wealthy Al-Hasawi family have appointed the 55-year-old just two months after he took on a new role at recently promoted League One side Crawley Town.

O'Driscoll (pictured) leaves the West Sussex side in controversial fashion, after a competitive ball wasn't even kicked during his rather short tenure.

Forest have moved quickly to find Steve Cotterill's successor with this announcement coinciding just a week after the former manager's departure.

Speaking shortly after O'Driscoll was unveiled, the Al-Hasawi family said: “We interviewed many high profile names but we believe Sean is the right man for the job.”

Prior to O'Driscoll's appointment, Nottingham Forest were linked with a whole host of names including Harry Redknapp, Sven Goran Eriksson, Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane as the Al-Hasawi family promised to appoint an "iconic" manager.

Compensation package

Of course, one teams' gain is anothers' loss and Crawley chief executive Alan Williams said: “The club is extremely disappointed to be losing Sean so soon after he came to Crawley Town.

“But our policy has never been to stand in the way of any employee who feels they would prefer to pursue a role at a different club and following lengthy and intensive negotiations we have been able to agree compensation with Nottingham Forest which will include a friendly before the 2013/14 season at the City Ground.

“We would like to thank Sean for his efforts during his time at the club and we wish him all the best for the future.”

The early favourite to replace O’Driscoll as Crawley Town boss is their current head coach Craig Brewster.

By Ben McQuaide

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