The man who can keep Forest's promotion dreams alive

Forest City Ground

Neil Warnock has won seven promotions in his managerial career and it is reported he is soon to take over at Nottingham Forest.

After the 5-0 drubbing they received at the weekend, spirits in Nottingham at the moment are sure to be low. Billy Davies and his coaching staff were reported by BBC East Midlands Today to not have turned up to training this morning, further fuelling speculation that the Scot's second spell in charge at Forest has come to an end. 

The man being linked with the job is 65-year-old Neil Warnock, whose been out of management since leaving Leeds last April after failing to gain promotion. Warnock is second only to Dave Bassett in terms of the amount of promotions he's won as a manager, and after significant investment from the Forest owners they'll be hoping he can get their season back on track after falling out of the play-offs for the first time since boxing day. 

Sacking a manager with nine games of the season remaining will always be a risk, but if there was a man likely to come in and make an impact it would be Warnock. With some members of Forest's depleted squad likely to be getting back to full fitness over the next few weeks as well, this could be another turning point in their season. 

Promotion is certainly not off the cards with Forest sitting two points outside the play-offs. It looks to be a three horse race between Reading, Brighton and themselves for the final play-off spot. Wigan sit comfortably in fifth with a game in hand, but it's likely to go to the final day of the season for sixth, with Brighton and Forest going head to head and Reading taking on automatic promotion contenders Burnley. 

An eventful weekend has left the promotion race completely open in the Championship.

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