BREAKING: Former Derby County boss Billy Davies back in charge at Nottingham Forest
FORMER Derby County manager Billy Davies has returned for a second stint in the Nottingham Forest hot seat.
The 48-year-old, who led the Rams to promotion to the Premier League in 2007, is back as Forest manager following the departure of Alex McLeish earlier this week.
Davies was previously appointed as Forest manager in January 2009, steering the club away from relegation and then overseeing successive play-off campaigns before being dismissed in June 2011.
He has been out of work since he left Forest and on Monday he turned down the opportunity to end that exile at Blackpool.
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Even if an appointment is secured ahead of the Reds’ Championship fixture at Bristol City on Saturday, who recently appointed O’Driscoll as manager, however, Davies is unlikely to take charge of the side.
Assistant manager Rob Kelly has accepted a caretaker role for the trip to Ashton Gate on Saturday.
Davies is also thought to want his old backroom team reinstalled upon his return, including David Kelly who only last week was appointed assistant manager at League One club Walsall.
Kelly is believed to be in negotiations to leave the Saddlers after just eight days in the job.
He and Davies worked together for three years at Forest and have previously worked in tandem at Preston North End as well as the Rams.