Reaction as Mark Warburton confirmed as new Nottingham Forest manager

Warburton will be in charge for the visit of Derby County to the City Ground on Saturday. (Picture: NFFC)

Mark Warburton has been confirmed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest.

The arrival of the former Rangers and Brentford boss was confirmed on Tuesday morning by club chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi.

Warburton had been linked with the job on Monday and will take over from Gary Brazil, who is expected to step back into his role as academy manager.

Jack Lester, who has been assisting Brazil, is also expected to remain as under-18s coach.

Al Hasawi confirmed Warburton’s arrival on Twitter.


The 54-year-old will be joined at the club by David Weir who will be assistant manager.

The pair have signed two-and-a-half-year contracts and join after leaving Glasgow Rangers last month.

Warburton began his coaching career at Watford’s academy before being appointed first-team coach at Brentford in February 2011.

He became manager at Griffin Park in December 2013 and led the side to promotion to the Championship where he then achieved a fifth-place finish in the following season, losing in the play-offs.

He joined Rangers in June 2015 and guided them to the Scottish Championship title as well as the Scottish Challenge Cup.

Forest fan Paul Ashley-Mchale said: “Warburton is a great appointment and I am excited to see what he can do with Forest, I just can not help but think about who the owner still is.

“We could appoint the best manager in the world but we are setting him up to fail with the way our club is being run.”

A spokesman for Forest supporters group London Trickies said: “Mark is a good appointment with obvious quality at this level, given the predicament the club itself is in, it is areal coup to have him at the City Ground and he should help steer us to safety.

“With that, it is important to say that any manager coming to our club needs to be given the freedom to perform and have the correct structure – on and off the pitch – for him to thrive.

“We would also like to thank Gary Brazil and Jack Lester for all of their work.”

On Twitter, fans have reacted well to the appointment.