Calderwood axed after Forest are humbled
Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Colin Calderwood following a 4-2 Boxing Day drubbing at home to fellow strugglers Doncaster.
The result saw Forest remain in the bottom three in the Championship, where they have won just four times this season since their promotion from League One.
First-team coach David Kerslake has also left the club and chief executive Mark Arthur said: "We`re grateful to Colin for his efforts over the last two and a half years, in particular for leading us to promotion from League One.
"But we`re in a results business and it`s imperative that the club stays in the Championship.
"We need to five ourselves every opportunity to do that.''
Speaking after the defeat to their fellow strugglers - in which they trailed 4-0 before netting two consolation efforts - Calderwood admitted it was his side`s "worst performance of the season''.
He said: "It was just one thing after another for us - we were poor with the ball and horrific without it.
"We have been doing well recently but you have to come home and do the job in front of your own supporters. We didn't do that today.
"We were certainly affected by the first goal and the second but it was a really bad day for us. But we will just have to battle away and try and come up with the results that will boost us again.
"Good teams produce a consistent level of 90 or 95% of their best but we were below 50% in the first half and got punished for it. It was probably our worst performance of the season but we know we have to be very good to get results at this level.''
Calderwood was appointed as Forest boss in the summer of 2006 after winning promotion from League Two with Northampton the previous season.
His first campaign in charge at the City Ground ended with defeat in the play-offs to Yeovil, with Forest incredibly going down to a 5-2 home defeat in the second leg after winning the first leg 2-0.
But last season ended with a dramatic promotion for the Reds as a 3-2 win on the final day of the season - against Yeovil again - saw Forest pinch second place in the table and automatic promotion.
Forest spent big in the summer, with Robert Earnshaw and Andy Cole among the high-profile arrivals, but after a promising start, they quickly fell towards the bottom of the table, and the defeat to Rovers leaves them 22nd in the standings, just two points ahead of bottom placed Charlton and part of a group of four teams which is threatening to be cut adrift of the rest.