Frank Clark appointed Nottingham Forest chairman

Nottingham Forest have appointed their former player and manager Frank Clark as their new chairman.

Clark, 68, who played for Forest in the 1970s and managed them from 1993-96, succeeds Nigel Doughty who stood down 10 days ago but remains as owner.

Since retiring from management Clark has been vice-chairman of the League Managers Association for over a decade.

His first task will be to appoint a new manager to succeed Steve McClaren, who resigned 10 days ago.

The former England boss left Forest having lost six of his 10 Championship games this season and with the team one place and one point above the relegation zone.

A number of high-profile candidates have been linked with the vacant manager's post at the City Ground, which includes former players Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane and the man whom McClaren replaced, Billy Davies.

Another ex-Forest manager, Dave Bassett, recently told BBC Nottingham that he saw Clark as the ideal man to restore the club's fortunes.

Clark, who has lived in the Nottingham area for 20 years and has regularly attended games at the City Ground, rebuilt the team when managing the side following relegation from the Premier League under Brian Clough in 1993.

He led the club to promotion in 1994, and the following season - against all expectations - guided the team to a third-place finish and a spot in Europe.

During his playing days with the club he won League Championship and European Cup winners' medals.