The Tricky Trees announced this morning that they had parted ways with the 55-year-old after nine months, following a run of only one win in seven Championship matches.
Saturday’s home loss to Sunderland proved to be the final straw for Forest’s new ownership.
Warburton’s dismissal has split the Forest fanbase, some of whom wanted the former Brentford boss to stay to bring much-needed stability to the East Midlands outfit.
Marlon Harewood of West Ham gets tackled by John Thompson of Nottingham Forest in 2003
Forest have now sacked nine permanent managers in the last six years, but 14 defeats from 25 league matches this season has left the Reds 14th in the table, closer to the relegation zone than they are the playoff places.
Thompson, who played nearly 150 games in six seasons at the City Ground between 2001 and 2007, believes that it was only a matter of time before Warburton’s reluctance to change his style of play caught up with him.