City Ground continues search for new boss.
Nigel Clough is ruled out of following in his father’s footsteps by becoming the new Nottingham Forest manager because he does not have the right qualifications.
The Derby County boss emerged as a fan favourite to replace Steve McClaren, who left last week, and return to the club where he played – and his dad Brian managed.
The 45-year-old only has a B licence, and under new regulations brought in last summer, Championship clubs can only appoint bosses with A or Pro licences.
The rule was brought in under instructions from the FA and is backed by the LMA bosses union and Forest cannot find a way around it.
Clough has not enrolled on any further courses and cannot move from Derby, where his contract runs out in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
It is understood the news came as a shock to the man himself, who must now get the qualifications if he wants to continue managing in the top divisions.
There is a drive to make all bosses in the higher divisions fully qualified because of complaints from coaches who have forked out for courses and then been overlooked.