Popular boss returns after McLeish departure.
Nottingham Forest have re-appointed Bill Davies as their new manager, just 20 months after he was sacked.
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Davies replaces fellow Scot Alex McLeish who left Forest by mutual consent on Tuesday after just 40 days in charge at the City Ground.
“I am delighted to be coming back to finish the task that my staff and I started. It feels like I am coming home,” Davies, who departed in June 2011, told the BBC.
Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi told the club website: “I’m delighted to welcome Billy back to our club and really look forward to working closely with him.
“Billy has unfinished business with the Reds and we know how hungry he is for success. In returning to the City Ground we believe his leadership will help us fulfil our ambition of making it to the Premier League.
“Billy is a Forest legend who needs no introduction to our loyal fans. We know how excited he is to pick up where he left off last time and we will back him 110% – this is a very exciting appointment.”
The former Preston and Derby boss becomes the fourth manager to work under the Al Hasawi family since they took control of the club in July last year.
Steve Cotterill was sacked after just two days and, despite links with a number of high profile managed, Sean O’Driscoll was appointed in the summer before being sacked just after Christmas.
McLeish left citing “a difference of understanding of the development strategy” at the club as the reason for his exit.
It is understood the 54-year-old ex-Aston Villa boss was left angered by the club’s failure to sign any players in the January transfer window.
Former Forest coaches David Kelly, Pete Williams and Julian Darby have also returned to the club and will work alongside Rob Kelly, who remains assistant manager.