Nottingham Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has released the following statement after the termination of Billy Davies' employment.
I would like to place on record my gratitude to Billy Davies for all his efforts as manager of Nottingham Forest Football Club. I wish him all the best for the future.
I am aware many people expect me to announce a new manager imminently, however I must stress the need for patience as I make the important decision of who takes the reins at this crucial stage of the season.
As always I will keep our supporters informed of any developments, but in the meantime I ask everyone to get behind our Academy manager Gary Brazil as he takes charge of first-team affairs until a permanent appointment is made. Gary has carried out some terrific work with our younger players and I am delighted he has agreed to take temporary charge.
Supporters can rest assured the local and national press will have regular access to whoever is appointed as our new manager as, with immediate effect, any bans imposed on members of the media are lifted. I hope the club can now look forward to enjoying a positive relationship with the press.
Finally, I am thrilled to announce our former captain John McGovern has agreed to take on an ambassadorial role with the club. John is a fantastic character with many fascinating tales to tell and I am delighted he has accepted my invitation.
I look forward to seeing all our fans at tomorrow night’s match against Charlton.
Come on you Reds.