PRO FOOTBALL: Forest sack Billy Davies

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Out-of-form Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Billy Davies.

Little more than a month ago the Reds were flying — they were on a long unbeaten run, sitting pretty in the Championship play-off positions and Sheffield United, of League One, stood in their way of a spot in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

But since then, the Trentside club have seen a spectacular dip in form that saw them booted out of the Cup by The Blades.

They have not won in the league in seven games and the 5-0 hammering at the hands of rivals Derby County last Saturday saw them drop out of the play-offs.

Earlier in the season, a 1-0 win by Forest over Derby saw the Rams give Nigel Clough the boot.

That saw the arrival of ex-England boss Steve McClaren at the iPro and Derby are now flying high in third spot in the table.

Now it is Forest who have decided to part company with their manager after a derby-day debacle.

Neil Warnock, the former Notts County gaffer, is now the favourite to be appointed as the successor to Davies at the City Ground.

Davies, 49, was appointed Reds boss for a second time in February 2013. But he and his staff were absent from training on Monday. It is understood that Warnock, 65, met with the Forest owners yesterday.

Davies only signed a four-year contract extension at the City Ground in October 2013, eight months after re-joining the club.

Forest narrowly missed out on the Championship play-offs last term and have not finished in the top six since 2011, during Davies’s first spell.