Warburton cut down by Forest

31 December 2017 06:33:34 EST

Nottingham Forest have decided to make major changes by sacking manager Mark Warburton, his assistant David Weir and sporting director Frank McParland.

The City Ground hierarchy opted to act after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sunderland on Saturday, with Forest down in 14th place in the Championship table, some ten points adrift of the play-off places.

Former Brentford and Rangers boss Warburton took charge at the City Ground in March 2017, taking over from caretaker boss Gary Brazil, who has been put back in charge following the latest changes.

Warburton had earlier voiced his frustrations at the performance of his side against the Black Cats, telling reporters: "There was enough quality out there, because we have seen it time and again, but that second half was not good enough.

"It was very similar to the last game in that we created chances, but did not put them away. You have to put those in the back of the net and we did not.

"The second-half performance was unacceptable. We looked nervous, we looked hesitant and we lacked the quality in the final third to get anything from the game.

"We wanted to see bravery, innovation and desire to get three points. We did not have that."

Forest are back in action on New Year's Day when they head north to take on Leeds United at Elland Road, having lost 2-0 to the Whites at the City Ground in late August.

The men from Nottingham are 5/2 to secure a draw on Monday, with a 1-1 final scoreline available at 11/2, while Forest can be backed at 11/1 to claim a 1-0 victory in West Yorkshire.

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