Steve McClaren Considers Quitting Nottingham Forest After Five Games

Ex-Wembley boss wants to leave City Ground.

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Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren could leave his job after only five games due to his frustration by the lack of investment by the club’s owners.

The former England boss returned to the country, following spells at FC Twente and Wolfsburg, this summer and set his sights on promotion.

The 50-year-old persistently spoke of his need for fresh blood in the squad but in August said he has had “the most frustrating pre-season off the field for years”.

McClaren’s predecessor, Billy Davies, repeatedly fell out with the board over the failure to reinforce the squad and it is reported the new manager has also lost faith.

“Steve came here in the hope of taking Forest into the Premier League and was working on that basis,” a source told the Nottingham Post.

“But he has always said that the squad needed bolstering in order for them to do that.

“He is disappointed and frustrated at the lack of further additions, as he thinks he is short of what is required to take the club to promotion.

“The question is whether the club is focused on building a squad for the Premier League or one that will comply with Financial Fair Play rules.

“He is going away for a few days to reflect on things.”

Forest chairman Nigel Doughty recently tweeted to say the lack of investment was down to the Financial Fair Play rules being brought into the Football League.

“I’m sorry but I’m only delivering a message,” he said. “Long term FFP is coming in at all levels and Div 1 and 2 love it so much they have tightened it.

“We have to comply with the rules or potential rules of the competitions we enter. That’s why v few transactions are taking place.”

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