Ruthless Forest owners wield axe with long-serving Clark shown exit alongside Arthur and Burt
19:45 GMT, 17 January 2013
20:23 GMT, 17 January 2013
Nottingham Forest have sacked chief executive Mark Arthur, director of recruitment Keith Burt and club ambassador Frank Clark from their roles at the club.
Clark featured in Forest's 1979 European Cup-winning side during his four years as a player, and then returned to manage at the City Ground in 1993.
In 2011 he was appointed chairman of the club, and he has described the decision to get rid of him as 'a real shock.'
Shocked: Frank Clark (right) had spent many years involved with Nottingham Forest
Burt ends a seven-year association with the Championship outfit, having played a key role in Sean O'Driscoll's extensive summer recruitment drive.
O'Driscoll was dismissed as manager following Forest's 4-2 Boxing Day victory over Leeds, making way for Alex McLeish.
When contacted to confirm reports of his exit, Clark said: 'Yes that's true, yes. I don't want to say any more about it, for obvious reasons, but that is true.
'It's a shock, it's certainly a shock. Right out of the blue – a real shock.'
Wholesale changes: Forest have had a big clear-out since sacking Sean O'Driscoll