Championship outfit Nottingham Forest are lining up Gary Rowett as the club’s new manager.

The 42-year-old was in charge of league rivals Birmingham City but was sacked in a shock decision by the West Midlands club in mid-December.

Current boss Philippe Montanier has come under increasing pressure following his side’s poor first half of the season.

Forest have struggled in the Championship this season, currently sitting in 20th place after 25 games. Just seven wins means the club sit just two points above Blackburn Rovers in the relegation zone.

They also crashed out of the FA Cup at the Third Round stage at the hands of Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

Now, with a takeover of the club by American sports figure John Jay Moores set to be announced in the coming days, the new owners are lining up Rowett to manage the first team.

Rowett boasts an impressive managerial record, taking Birmingham from the relegation zone when he took over to potential play-off candidates.

Previous to that, the former defender was in charge at Burton Albion, winning 61 and drawing a further 21 games in 131 games as manager, playing a part in Albion’s rise to the Championship.

Earlier this week, The Mirror reported that Rowett would consider taking the job at the East Midlands outfit with an incoming takeover potentially opening the managerial vacancy.

In addition to the Rowett appointment, a Director of Football is set to be appointed at the club as part of a major restructure.

Discussing his aims at the club, Moores said that he wants to “put the club on firm financial footing, make it relevant again, plus clean and update the City Ground, the stadium in which NFFC has played since 1898.”

On the pitch, the priority for Forest will be Championship survival. Forest next face Rowett’s former club Birmingham City at St. Andrews in their next fixture, before hosting Bristol City the following week and then a trip to Elland Road to face 5th-placed Leeds United.

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