Davies back as Nottingham Forest boss to replace McLeish
13:45 GMT, 7 February 2013
18:09 GMT, 7 February 2013
Forest return: Davies
Billy Davies has returned to Nottingham Forest for a second spell as manager, becoming their third boss this season.
Davies and his representatives were in negotiations with Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi on Wednesday and the Championship club announced it on Thursday afternoon.
'I'm delighted to welcome Billy back to our club and really look forward to working closely with him,' chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said. 'Billy has unfinished business with the Reds and we know how hungry he is for success. In returning to the City Ground we believe his leadership will help us fulfil our ambition of making it to the Premier League.
'Billy is a Forest legend who needs no introduction to our loyal fans. We know how excited he is to pick up where he left off last time and we will back him 110 per cent – this is a very exciting appointment for us.'
Davies described being back at the club as a 'dream come true' and is looking forward to officially beginning his role on Monday.
'It is a privilege and an honour to be back in charge of the Reds. As my new friend Fawaz says, I have unfinished business here at Forest and I am relishing this great opportunity to return Forest to its former glory.
'My tenure at the City Ground was cut short last time and I can't wait to get my boots back on and training the lads.
'We have a great squad and I know I can get the best from them. Coming home to the Reds is a dream come true.'
The 48-year-old Scot was dismissed by Forest's old regime in June 2011.
After steering the club away from relegation following his appointment in January 2009 and then masterminding successive play-off campaigns during his first spell at the City Ground, Davies is on record as stating that he has 'unfinished business' at the club.
Davies succeeds Alex McLeish and Sean O'Driscoll at the City Ground.
McLeish resigned his post earlier this week just over a month after taking over from O'Driscoll, who was sacked on Boxing Day.