Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Chris Hughton with the club bottom of the Championship table and winless after seven matches.
Hughton was appointed last October but a sixth league defeat of the season, a 2-0 home loss against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, prompted his dismissal. Steven Reid will take charge of the team as interim head coach, while Steve Cooper, the former Swansea manager, is a strong candidate to succeed Hughton.
A club statement read: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as first-team manager.
“The club would like to place on record its appreciation for Chris’s efforts. Chris joined the club in a difficult period for everyone in football and around the world and we thank him for the way he has conducted himself during his tenure.”
The statement added that the search for a permanent successor to Hughton has begun. Hughton succeeded the Frenchman Sabri Lamouchi in the role, who was the first manager to last a full season on nine years.
The turnover of managers at the City Ground in recent seasons has been high: including caretakers/interim coaches the club has had 20 different managers in the past 10 years – 21 including Reid.
Forest’s next match is away against sixth-placed Huddersfield on Saturday – they were knocked out of the EFL Cup after a 4-0 defeat by Wolves last month.