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Nottingham Forest: Reds interested in ex-Brighton boss

Nottingham Forest are understood to be interested in Red Bull Salzburg’s Oscar Garcia as their new manager and have made contact, according to the Nottingham Post.

Former Real Sociedad and Rennes boss Philippe Montanier was appointed as Forest manager in June, but was sacked just seven months later earlier this week. The Frenchman left the club 20th in the Championship with a 30% win rate.

It now appears Oscar Garcia of Red Bull Salzburg is a leading candidate to be named Montanier’s successor and Forest are understood to have made initial contact with the Spaniard.

The 43-year-old enjoyed a playing career at the highest level, playing for Barcelona, Espanyol and Valencia. He won four La Liga titles during his time at Camp Nou and became a coach in their youth system.

Garcia entered management in 2010 with Israeli giants Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he won the title after a ten-year drought during his season there. He was then named Brighton & Hove Albion boss and reached the play-offs. However, semi-final defeat to Derby County led to Garcia resigning after one season in England and left with  40% win rate.

The Spaniard also became boss at Watford, but was forced to leave after just four games due to health issues. He is currently head coach at Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg and has an amazing 65% win rate with the club. Last season, he won the double by lifting the Austrian Bundesliga and the national cup.

Garcia boasts a wealth of experience at playing and coaching level, and possesses an impressive combined win rate of 56% as manager.

Forest are just three points above the relegation zone and are in desperate need of a good manager, although it is reported a replacement will not be made until the end of the week.

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