Steve Cotterill to become Nottingham Forest manager after saying his goodbyes

Steve Cotterill has confirmed he will take the vacant manager’s post at Nottingham Forest after quitting as Portsmouth boss, understands BBC Solent.

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.

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