Sean O’Driscoll has returned to Nottingham Forest to become the Championship club’s new manager.
The former Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers boss was part of former manager Steve Cotterill’s coaching staff last season, but he left the City Ground to take charge of League One side Crawley Town back in May.
However, O’Driscoll’s stay at Broadfield Stadium was a very brief one because he has now inked a three-year contract to become Cotterill’s replacement at Forest, and it is 9/2 with Coral
that he leads them to promotion to the Premier League this season.
O’Driscoll told the club’s official website: “It was an easy decision to make to return to Nottingham Forest.
“I enjoyed my time working with the players last season, and even in sometimes difficult circumstances the fans gave the kind of support you don't often see in football today.
“The Al Hawasi family's ownership opens exciting prospects for this Club and I look forward to rebuilding the squad and playing the kind of attractive football The City Ground deserves to see.”
Several big names were linked with the Forest job after the Al Hawasi family axed Cotterill, but majority shareholder Fawal Al Hawasi insisted O’Driscoll was the man that impressed them the most.
He said: “We interviewed many well-known and high profile figures but we truly believe Sean O'Driscoll is the best man for the job.
“Sean's passion for Nottingham Forest, knowledge of the game and the Championship in particular, plus his work ethic, shone through in our conversations.
“He is hugely respected, not only by members of our current squad and staff at the Club for his work in helping transform our fortunes last season, but also within the wider football community.”
O’Driscoll forged his reputation during a successful spell at Doncaster Rovers that saw him guide South Yorkshire club to the Championship in 2008.
The 55-year-old kept Rovers in the second tier until he was axed in September 2011, and while he served on Cotterill’s coaching staff at the City Ground during the second half of last season, Rovers were relegated under the stewardship of Dean Saunders.