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Last Updated: Monday, 10 January, 2005, 16:30 GMT
Forest appoint Megson as manager
Gary Megson
Born: 2 May, 1959
Playing career: Plymouth, Everton, Nott'm Forest, Newcastle, Sheff Wed, Man City, Norwich
Management: Norwich (1995-96), Blackpool (1996-97), Stockport (1997-99), Stoke (1999), West Brom (2000-2004), Nott'm Forest (2005-)
Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Gary Megson as the club's new manager.

Megson, 45, replaces acting boss Mick Harford, who took charge when Joe Kinnear left in December.

Forest are second from bottom in the Championship and Megson wasted no time in warning "the players have got to roll their sleeves up".

He added: "It's a decent squad so something is not right. We have to make sure we stay in the Championship."

Megson, sacked as West Brom manager in October, has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Forest.

He is the club's third manager in 11 months, but is determined to bring stability to a team currently six points adrift of safety.

"The club has suffered with injuries and suspensions but even so, you look at the list of players and you realise they shouldn't be second from bottom," Megson added.

"What I bring to this club is, hopefully, some talent as a football manager and also drive, desire and determination.

"The players won't have a problem with me if they show those qualities."

Chairman Nigel Doughty is delighted to have snapped up Megson. He said: "Candidates of the track record of Gary Megson become available infrequently and it was too good an opportunity to miss."

Harford has left the City Ground, along with first-team coach Des Walker.

Doughty added: "We felt we had to make a change at this particular time.

"If we had left it another five games and remained in the same position in the Championship table, not only would we have found ourselves with a strategy that wasn't working but also one that we could not change.

"It would have been virtually impossible to attract a manager of genuine quality to the club with so few games remaining.

"I would like to thank Mick Harford for the way he has led the club and conducted himself since the resignation of Joe Kinnear.

"He has brought a refreshing honesty and dignity to the position and I would like to wish him all the best in his future career."

Megson has been out of work since being sacked by West Brom in October after saying he would quit at the end of his contract in June.

He began his managerial career with Norwich in December 1995 and has also had spells with Blackpool, Stockport and Stoke.

Megson, who spent over four years at West Brom, took over with the Baggies in the lower half of Division One.

He guided them into the Premiership in only his second full season but they lasted just one year in the top flight.

Megson again got them promoted in 2004 but his relationship with the West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace deteriorated.

A much-travelled midfielder in his playing days, Megson spent three months at the City Ground in 1984 but failed to make a single appearance under Brian Clough.

News conference: Nottingham Forest boss Gary Megson

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