Forest sack ex-Sunderland assistant Cotterill

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FORMER Sunderland assistant Steve Cotterill has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest by the club’s new owners.

The Kuwaiti-based Al-Hasawi family assumed control of the npower Championship club on Tuesday and have wasted little time in implementing their plans for the Reds.

Cotterill, who spent five months at the Stadium of Light as Howard Wilkinson’s number two, leaves just nine months into the three-and-a-half-year deal he signed when replacing former England head coach Steve McClaren in October.

A statement from Forest said: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that manager Steve Cotterill has departed the club with immediate effect.

“Mr Cotterill met with the club’s new owners, the Al-Hasawi family, yesterday and after long deliberations they have decided to make a new appointment in a bid to deliver their long-term vision.

“The club would like to acknowledge their gratitude to Mr Cotterill for guiding it through an extremely difficult and traumatic period and for retaining the side’s Championship status last season.

“The club will be making no further comment at this time.”

There is already speculation that former Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy is in the running to succeed Cotterill.