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Nottingham Forest club ambassador cools Steve Cotterill speculation, mentions six names linked with manager job

John McGovern has been speaking about the future of the club's managerial vacancy.

Nottingham Forest are currently on the hunt for a new manager.

The club parted company with Dougie Freedman last month after a series of poor results and now need yet another new manager.

The internet rumour churned into over-drive last night when Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi was spotted chatting to former Forest boss Steve Cotterill – himself out of work after leaving Bristol City earlier this season.

It sparked rumours that perhaps Cotterill, who left the club after the Al-Hasawi family took control, might be being sounded out about the role.

But club ambassador and former Forest player John McGovern made it clear that this was not the case.

He explained to BBC Nottingham:

“Obviously I have known Steve since his days at Forest, even though he was only there for a short period.

“It was just a casual conversation I have had with him. Then obviously when Fawaz arrives he wants to say hello and it’s a chance meeting more than anything else. It was nothing gauged or organised.

“Nothing (to read into) whatsoever, no.”

He then went on to discuss who might get the role, mentioning a lot of the names that have been publicly linked to the role – but also throwing in a couple of surprise options in former Blackburn Rovers managers Paul Ince and Gary Bowyer:

“Nobody is going to rush into this one. Obviously I have spoken with the chairman I have given him my thoughts on who I think would be the favourites for the job.

“There is always the usual candidates. Nigel Pearson is out of work he did a fantastic job at Leicester. Nigel Clough is always going to get a mention. Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill, even though they are in work at the moment, are always going to get a mention. Paul Ince, another one that has been mentioned that is all I am saying. Gary Bowyer, you know everyone is throwing every name at the book at me.”

Forest are continuing to draw up a shortlist and are also giving serious consideration to potentially bringing in a manager from abroad.

Whatever they do decide Forest fans will hope it can finally begin a period of stability at the club.

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