Nottingham Forest are set to name their new boss within 48 hours, with former manager Billy Davies the overwhelming favourite.
Alex McLeish left Forest on Tuesday and Davies is odds-on with nearly all bookmakers to succeed his fellow Scot. Billy Davies at Forest Jan 2009-Jun 2011.
Davies took over after a return to the Championship under Colin Calderwood had produced just four league wins in 25 games. The former Derby County boss led the club to consecutive play-off campaigns, but the Scot fell out with the board regarding a failure to land further targets and departed after a play-off semi-final defeat by Swansea.Davies, who managed Forest between January 2009 and June 2011, twice led the club to the play-offs. The 48-year-old was expected to take over at Blackpool, but it is understood that deal has now fallen through.
Davies has always maintained he has unfinished business at the City Ground. Last January, he spoke of his desire to return as manager as the club struggled under then boss Steve Cotterill. Davies had a troubled relationship with the Forest board during his time at the club, leading to his sacking. However, the way was cleared for a possible return when McLeish left Forest by mutual consent on Tuesday after just 40 days in charge.
The 54-year-old cited "a difference of understanding of the development strategy" at the club, now owned by the Kuwaiti-based Al Hasawi family, as the reason for his exit. Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio, former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo and ex-Southampton manager Nigel Adkins have also been linked with the job.