Steve Cotterill has confirmed he will take the vacant manager’s post at Nottingham Forest after quitting as Portsmouth boss, understands BBC
The two clubs agreed a compensation package overnight and Cotterill attended the club’s training ground this morning to bid farewell to the players.
Coaches Stuart Gray and Guy Whittingham will take charge of first-team affairs in the mean-time starting with a home clash with Barnsley tomorrow.
Cotterill was in an emotional mood when he spoke to BBC Solent: “It’s been a very upsetting morning and I had to compose myself before I came out here to talk to you this morning.
“I’d rather not elaborate because I’ll get upset again. Forest are a fantastic club and when I heard of their interest it was very flattering.
“It has not been an easy decision because of the relationship I have with people at Portsmouth Football Club. The fans, players and staff have been fantastic. It has been a tough day and I would rather just get on with it now.”
Final talks with Forest are set to take place today in time for the 47-year-old to be unveiled before his new side travel to Coventry City tomorrow.