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Dougie Freedman succeeds Stuart Pearce at Nottingham Forest

1 February 2015

Nottingham Forest have announced the appointment of Dougie Freedman as their new manager, little over an hour after confirming the dismissal of Stuart Pearce.

Freedman, who played for the East Midlands club between 1998 and 2000, has previously managed in the Championship with Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers.

Pearce's reign ended earlier in the evening, with Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Millwall - their sixth defeat in seven matches, which left them with just one win in 11 - proving the final straw.

The former Forest left-back returned to the City Ground, where he enjoyed considerable success as a player, in the summer and had been expected to mount a promotion challenge.

However, despite a promising start to the season following a hefty spending spree, it has been a disappointing campaign and, after meeting with owner Fawaz Al Hasawi on Sunday afternoon, the 52-year-old former England captain was relieved of his duties - but has been offered an alternative position with Forest.

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