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fired Chris Hughton sacked by Nottingham Forest and becomes a contender for next Ireland boss

The club said on their official website: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as first team manager.

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Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton on the touchline during the Sky Bet Championship defeat to Middlesbrough at the City Ground, Nottingham. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton on the touchline during the Sky Bet Championship defeat to Middlesbrough at the City Ground, Nottingham. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton on the touchline during the Sky Bet Championship defeat to Middlesbrough at the City Ground, Nottingham. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Nottingham Forest have announced manager Chris Hughton has been “relieved of his duties” after the club’s poor start to the season.

Forest sit bottom of the Championship and Wednesday night’s home defeat to Middlesbrough left them without a win from any of their first seven matches.

The club said on their official website: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as first team manager.

“The club would like to place on record its appreciation for Chris’ efforts. Chris joined the club in a difficult period for everyone in football and around the world and we thank him for the way he has conducted himself during his tenure.

“Steven Reid will take temporary charge of the first team as interim head coach.”

Former Newcastle and Brighton boss Hughton has spent less than 11 months in charge at the City Ground after replacing Sabri Lamouchi in October last year.

Forest added: “The search for the permanent successor has begun and the club will update supporters in due course. The club would like to wish Chris all the best in his future career.”

Forest, who slipped to a fifth successive home defeat in all competitions on Wednesday, will be bidding for their first win of the season at Huddersfield on Saturday.

Now former Ireland full-back Hughton is certain to be linked with the Republic of Ireland managerial post, with doubts over Stephen Kenny's future in the role after a troubled start to his reign.

Hughton has previously told the Sunday World that a move into international management was not at the top of his agenda at this stage of his career, as he prefers to work at club level.

Yet he may now be more open to an offer from the FAI, if they decide to dispense with Kenny's services at the end of the current World Cup qualifying campaign.

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