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McClaren resigns as Forest boss

Former England boss Steve McClaren has resigned as manager of Nottingham Forest following the 3-1 home defeat to Birmingham on Sunday.

• The Trawler: McClaren falls on sword

McClaren was summoned to a meeting with chairman Nigel Doughty after another disappointing defeat and has decided to leave the League Championship side.

A statement from Forest read: "He [McClaren] has left the club without compensation - nor will he be seeking any. The club can confirm that the search for a new manager will begin immediately."

The ex-Wolfsburg coach has endured a torrid run since taking over at Forest in June, epitomised by Tuesday's 5-1 hammering at Burnley.

That result raised speculation over the boss' future but, after David Pleat was removed from his part-time consultancy role in midweek, he appeared set to remain at the helm for the foreseeable future.

However, McClaren has now left the City Ground after securing just two wins in ten games, leaving the club just one point above the relegation zone.

After being dismissed as England manager following a poor run, McClaren rebuilt his reputation by guiding FC Twente to the Eredivisie title.

He traded Holland for Germany soon after, with an unsuccessful spell at Wolfsburg preceding him taking the reins at Forest.

Doughty has also announced his intention to step down as chairman of the club at the end of the season after ten years in the role.

He will continue to support the club financially through the implementation of Financial Fair Play rules, which are expected to be introduced in the Championship next season.

"The search for a new chairman will commence immediately. The club will make no further comment at this stage," the statement concluded.

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