Megson back at Forest

Last updated : 10 January 2005 By Tony Scholes

He’ll face the same sort of battle he initially took on at the Hawthorns, the Baggie were in the bottom three of Division One when he went there in March 2000. He kept them up, took them to the play offs a year later and into the Premiership a year after that.

Megson started his managerial career at one of his former clubs Norwich but it wasn’t the best of starts for him and he was there for just the second half of the 1995/96 season and won only five games.

A successful season at Blackpool was followed by two good years at Stockport. During those three years former Claret Micky Phelan was his assistant. A rather public falling out with Brendan Hell-Wood brought his time to an abrupt end at Edgeley Park and his next port of call was Stoke.

It was something of a farce though at the Britannia, he started well when the 1999/2000 season got underway but was fired in the November when Stoke became an Icelandic club and the new owners wanted to bring in their own man.

Four months later and it was West Brom and their most successful period for years before he announced he would not be signing a new contract. West Brom decided to terminate his current one with immediate effect.

He takes over a Forest side who were in the play offs themselves less than two years ago but things have gone horribly since with one relegation battle and another seemingly on the way with them currently next to bottom with only Rotherham below them.

He’ll be hoping for a better time at the City Ground as a manager than he did as a player. He was signed by Brian Clough from Sheffield Wednesday but was never given a single game in the first team in seven months before being sold to Newcastle at a loss.

Paul Hart was sacked a year ago and recently their ‘saviour’ Joe Kinnear decided enough was enough and walked out. His assistant Mick Harford took over and immediately said he wanted the job but he’ll be wondering now just why he left Luton recently to join Kinnear at Forest.

Harford was number two at the club currently top of League One, he is now out of work as is Des Walker, both have left the club this morning following the appointment of Megson who is expected to bring in Frank Burrows his assistant at West Brom.