Which highly rated available manager was in attendance watching Nottingham Forest last night?

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Nottingham Forest lost 2-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion last night.

As shown by the photo below, former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson was in attendance at the City Ground as Nottingham Forest slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Forest are currently manager-less following the decision to sack Dougie Freedman last month, and it’s yet another controversial act taken up by owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi.

Five full-time managers have already come and gone during his four seasons as owner of the Reds, and in that time Forest have gone from a club challenging for promotion to languishing near the bottom.

The defeat to Brighton was their fourth in succession, and it leaves the club in 20th position in the table and desperately short of quality amid their transfer embargo as a result of FFP irregularities.

The East Midlands club need a new change in direction, and that must start with the appointment of a new manager they intend to keep for more than just a single season in charge.

The names of potential managers who have been linked with the City Ground don’t make for particularly good reading for the club’s supporters, yet one man who can unite everyone together is Nigel Pearson.

The somewhat controversial manager performed a sterling job at both Hull City and Leicester City, and it was he who laid the foundations for the Foxes’ miraculous Premier League title charge this season.

Pearson wouldn’t take any nonsense at Forest, he wouldn’t allow any decisions to go over his head and he would command the respect of his players as he has knack of building great team spirit.

Moreover, he certainly has an eye for a player and his experience in the Championship is what Forest need.

Why he was in attendance at the City Ground remains to be seen, but if Fawaz Al-Hasawi had any idea of Pearson’s capabilities, he should be doing everything he can to sign him up and the fans agree.

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