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Forest appoint Davies

Former Derby boss takes control at City Ground

By Chris Harvey.   Last Updated: 01/01/09 12:24pm

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Davies: agreed deal

Davies: agreed deal

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Billy Davies has been confirmed as the new boss of Nottingham Forest.

The 44-year-old former Derby County manager succeeds Colin Calderwood at the City Ground on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The Scot will be joined at Forest by David Kelly as assistant manager.

Forest chief executive Mark Arthur confirmed the decision on the club's official website, saying: "Billy's record in the Championship is superb and we're hoping he can build on his already impressive achievements with us."

Davies will not officially start work at the City Ground until Monday but will be at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday to see his new side take on Manchester City in the FA Cup third round.

His first official match in charge will be against Charlton at The Valley on Saturday week.

Confident

The Scot, who first made his name as a manager in England with Preston before taking over at Pride Park, has admitted he faces a battle to win over supporters due to his Derby connections.

But the former Rams boss is confident he can soon become a fans' favourite.

Davies is treading the same route as the legendary Brian Clough who left Derby in 1973 beore moving to the City Ground two years later.

"If it is good enough for Brian Clough, it's good enough for Billy Davies," said the 44-year-old.

"I hope my record speaks for itself. I've never been so fired up to succeed in my career.

"There is massive potential at Forest and nothing would give me greater pleasure than eventually leaving the club in a better condition than when I found it.

"The long-term aim is to reach the Premier League but in the short-term it is to keep Forest in the Championship.

"I've enjoyed my time out of the game but now I am raring to go."

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