Nottingham Forest has sacked manager Chris Hughton after a shocking start to the season.
The Reds have gone zero in their opening seven games, dropping six and drawing a draw leaving them at the bottom of English football’s second division.
Amid mounting fan pressure, a 2-0 home loss to Middlesbrough on Wednesday night was the last straw and Forest announced Hughton’s departure on Thursday morning.
A statement read: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that Chris Hughton has been dismissed as the team’s first manager.
“The club would like to express its appreciation for Chris’s efforts. Chris has joined the club at a difficult time for everyone in football and the world and we thank him for the way he has performed during his tenure.
“Steven Reid will temporarily take over the first team as interim head coach.
“The search for the permanent successor has started and the club will inform the supporters in due course.”
Hughton, 62, took over Forest in October 2020 with the club at the bottom of the championship and successfully guided them to safety, securing a 17th place finish.
With many players out of contract, substantial rebuilding was needed, especially in the forward areas, but scoring goals continued to be a problem for Hughton’s side.
While ex-Brighton and Norwich manager seemed increasingly likely to lose his job, Chelsea legend John Terry had a strong connection to the role.
However, the former Aston Villa aide took to social media and walked away from the job out of respect for Hughton.