NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Steve McClaren is unveiled as the new manager of Nottingham Forest during a press conference at the City Ground on June 16, 2011 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Steve McClaren Resigns As Nottingham Forest Manager

Former England, Twente and Wolfsburg manager Steve McClaren has resigned from his role as Nottingham Forest boss after just four months in charge.

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Ex-Nottingham Forest Chairman On Steve McClaren's Hiring: 'A Bad Decision All Round'

Nottingham Forest have been shaken up by the resignations of manager Steve McClaren and chairman Nigel Doughty, and there's no doubt now that the whole organisation realises that a big mistake was made in taking McClaren aboard this June. Now the former chairman has described the former England manager's appointement as 'a bad decision all round':

Doughty on BBC Radio Notts: 'We should have been more thorough when we appointed Steve. It was a bad decision all round'
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Some pretty harsh words for himself and his team there. Obviously, things haven't worked out, and both McClaren and Doughty have paid the price for it. The obvious question is why it happened. Did Forest really believe that they were going to be able to saunter back into the top flight? That McClaren would lead them to a glorious new dawn? What was the plan? Was there a plan? If so, it's no good to say 'it went wrong'. If Forest want to progress, they have to know what failed, and why.


Nottingham Forest Chairman Nigel Doughty Follows Steve McClaren Out Of Club

Nottingham Forest have confirmed that Steve McClaren isn't the only man out of the club following the fallout of a terrible opening to the 2011/12 season. McClaren had only been in charge for four months, but the other victim of Forest's poor play is chairman Nigel Doughty, a ten-year veteran of the club. The team released the following statement on its official site:

[T]he club have failed in its ultimate aim to both retain and regain Premiership status.

Part of the role of Chairman is to accept responsibility for what happens at the club. As such, Mr Doughty accepts responsibility for his personal decision to recruit Steve McClaren as our Manager in the close season. Given our very poor start to the season and Steve's resignation today Mr Doughty feels it is only right to do so.

From the outside, this whole situation seems as though Forest have overreached themselves rather severely in making a push to return to the Premier League, and now everyone involved is paying the price. Yikes.

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