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Nottingham Forest have given Steve McClaren a route back into English football since his spell in charge of the national team ended in failure and ridicule after they terminated the contract of manager Billy Davies with immediate effect.

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Forest were unable to secure promotion to the Premier League in last season's Championship play-offs, falling to a 3-1 aggregate defeat to eventual winners Swansea and have now turned to the former FC Twente, Wolfsburg and England boss.

McClaren has signed a three-year contract and said: ''I'm fully aware of the fans' expectations, we are going to do everything in our power to get back into the Premier League.''

Forest were relegated in 1999 and have been unable to claw their way back, with their spell in the Football League including three seasons in League One from 2005 to 2008.

But chief executive Mark Arthur said: "The club moved quickly to secure his services as it is rare for a manager and coach of his undoubted calibre to be available.

"Steve has a proven track record of coaching and managing at club level, having played a key role in helping Manchester United secure the Champions League trophy, three Premier League titles and an FA Cup; guided Middlesbrough to the League Cup and also to the final of the UEFA Cup and led FC Twente to their first ever Dutch title. We are delighted to have him on board at The City Ground."

McClaren has also been assured his mission to end the club's 13-year exile from the Premier League will be supported financially by the board.

Arthur said: ''Money has been available in the past. Nigel Doughty has put £25 million into the club in the last two seasons, so I think it's a bit of a fallacy to suggest that no money has been made available.

''Steve will have similar funds available to him if he can identify a player of the quality who will enhance the quality of the current squad.

''We have a very good squad, but he will be looking to improve it in certain positions. I think we all know that the first position we must try and sort out is left-back.''

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