The owner of Nottingham Forest Nigel Doughty has announced he is stepping down as the club's chairman after 10 years. During his time in charge Doughty saved the club from administration but failed to get them back in the Premier League.
Forest fan and multi-millionaire Nigel Doughty became involved with the club in 1999. He succeeded Eric Barnes as chairman three years later. Doughty said had he not invested his money the club would have entered administration. Forest's attempts to return to the Premier League between 1999 and 2001 failed under David Platt (pictured).
Nigel Doughty appointed youth team coach Paul Hart (pictured) as the club’s new manager after Platt resigned. He was faced with a small budget and a large wage bill. A number of youth team players, including future internationals Andy Reid and Michael Dawson, were promoted to the first team.
Despite the financial constraints Hart faced, he took Nottingham Forest to the verge of the Premier League. They lost in a play-off semi-final to Sheffield United. However, in 2004, Doughty sacked Hart following a run of bad results. Fans blamed Doughty and the board for not backing Hart with new players.
Former Wimbledon manager Joe Kinnear (pictured) was hired and saved Forest from relegation to League One. The following season, 2004/05, fans expected promotion under Kinnear. Instead, the team dropped into the relegation zone. Kinnear’s last game in charge was at local rivals Derby County, in which the Reds lost 3-0.
Doughty saw Gary Megson as the man to save Nottingham Forest. However, he was unable to stop the team from slipping into the third tier of English football for the first time in 54 years. Megson stayed in charge in League One until he left by mutual consent after a defeat by Oldham Athletic.
Doughty hired upcoming manager Colin Calderwood (pictured). Forest reached the play-offs but lost to Yeovil Town in the semi-final. Calderwood succeeded in returning the club to the Championship but the team struggled on their return. Calderwood was sacked after a home defeat by Doncaster Rovers.
Former Derby County manager Billy Davies was brought in by Nigel Doughty to prevent Nottingham Forest from returning to League One. He succeeded and consequently took Forest to the Championship play-offs twice. However, Davies' relationship with Doughty and the board was a fractious one.
In June, Steve McClaren was seen as the man to take Nottingham Forest to the Premier League. After 112 days he resigned. Doughty said: "It has obviously not worked out. It has just been a bad decision in every way, shape and form - both for Steve McClaren and myself."
Doughty decided to step down as chairman after Nottingham Forest's defeat to Birmingham City on Sunday. He said: "I felt it was appropriate I take some responsibility and I am stepping down as well as soon as we find a replacement [for Steve McClaren]."