Nigel Clough will not be returning to the city ground as Forest prepare for visit of Rotherham

Nottingham Forest legend Nigel Clough has rejected the opportunity to become the club’s new boss due to uncertainty over the management style of controversial owner Fawaz Al Hasawi.

Clough has decided to remain as manager of fellow championship side Burton Albion as talks over the Forest job collapsed last night.

Al Hasawi had been seeking to appoint his eighth manager since taking over at the City Ground in 2012.

It is understood that Clough and Hasawi failed to agree on crucial matters including backroom staff and potential new signings as the January transfer window closes tonight.

“Staying is the right thing to do”
Nigel Clough

Reports also suggest that Clough had been concerned over the stability of the job knowing Al Hasawi’s ruthless streak of sackings and a failed attempt to sell the club to an American consortium led by John Jay Moores.

Burton Albion released the news in a club statement last night.

Nigel Clough said: “Having started this historic season in the Championship it is only right that we should stay and continue the job of trying to achieve the miracle of keeping Burton Albion in the Championship. Staying is the right thing to do.”

Burton Albion Chairman, Ben Robinson added: “We are delighted that Nigel Clough has decided to continue the excellent job he has done at the club since re-joining us in December 2015.

At that time we did agree that if Nottingham Forest made an approach for him, due to his long association with the club, that we would allow both parties to talk.”

Forest must now turn their attention elsewhere as they search for a permanent successor to former manager Philippe Montanier, who was sacked this month.

Caretaker manager Gary Brazil will continue to take charge for tonight’s game at home to Rotherham United.

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