Nottingham Forest have landed Mark Warburton as their new manager.

Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Pundit Don Goodman has told the Sky Sports EFL Podcast that he is surprised to see Mark Warburton accept the Nottingham Forest job.

Forest lost 1-0 away at Burton Albion last weekend, and with owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi clearly worried about the club’s Championship status, he made another managerial change.

Al-Hasawi sacked Philippe Montanier in January before appointing Gary Brazil until the end of the season, and now he has landed Mark Warburton as Forest’s new manager.

Warburton, 54, penned a two-and-a-half year contract with Forest, making a swift return to management having only left Rangers in February.

Warburton impressed in his first season at Ibrox, winning the Scottish Championship title as well as guiding the Gers to the Scottish Cup final last season with a superb semi-final win over Celtic.

However, this season went badly for Warburton, with Rangers not only miles behind Celtic but also struggling to nail down second place in the Scottish Premiership, before the Gers claimed Warburton resigned from his post.

Now back in England, Warburton still has a strong reputation having won promotion from League One with Brentford in 2014, before taking them to the Championship play-offs just a year later.

Ex-Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Warburton is now charged with a very different task as he looks to keep Forest in the Championship, and pundit Don Goodman has told the Sky Sports EFL Weekly Podcast that he is ‘surprised’ to see Warburton take the job given Forest’s precarious position, adding that he expects Warburton received ‘monumental assurances’ in order to take the job.

“Nottingham Forest are looking over their shoulder now,” said Goodman. “I think there’s only a couple of points between them and the relegation zone, and they’re in poor form, where some clubs below them are picking up wins here and there.”

“It’s a tough situation that Mark Warburton goes into, and I’m a tad surprised that a manager of his calibre has elected to take that challenge on. I can only assume that he has monumental insurances about the support and the backing and the longevity that he will have, so that he can at least go in there and have time to make the necessary changes to turn the club’s fortunes around.”

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