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Nottingham Forest Staff Profiles

Frank McParland
Director of Football

Frank McParland joined Nottingham Forest as Director of Football on 3 March 2016 on a temporary basis until the end of the 2016-17 season with a view to making the role permanent.

McParland has a wealth of experience, spending more than 20 years working in various roles in football, most recently spending time as head of recruitment at Glasgow Rangers.

McParland has worked in senior roles at Liverpool, Watford, Brentford and Burnley, overseeing the recruitment of many young players including Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe for Liverpool and Scott Hogan and Andre Gray for Brentford.

Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton was appointed as manager of Nottingham Forest on 14 March 2017, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

Warburton began his coaching career at Watford’s academy before being appointed first-team coach at Brentford in February 2011. He became manager at Griffin Park in December 2013 and led them to promotion to the Championship where he then achieved a fifth-place finish in the following season, losing in the play-offs.

He joined Glasgow Rangers in June 2015 and guided them to the Scottish Championship title as well as the Scottish Challenge Cup before leaving Ibrox in February 2017. 

David Weir
Assistant Manager

David Weir joined Nottingham Forest on 14 March as the club's assistant manager, teaming up again with Mark Warburton who he had worked alongside at Brentford and Glasgow Rangers.

Weir began his playing career at Falkirk, making more than 130 appearances before joining Hearts in 1996. After two-and-a-half-years at Tynecastle, Weir moved south of the border to join Everton where he stayed for eight years and amassed more than 230 Premier League appearances. 

He ended his career back in Scotland with Rangers, collecting winners' medals for the Scottish Premiership, the Scottish Cup and the League Cup, before making the move into coaching with former club Everton in 2012.

Weir, who picked up 69 caps for Scotland, was appointed manager of Sheffield United in June 2013, and joined Brentford as assistant to Mark Warburton in December 2013. He followed Warburton to Rangers in June 2015 before leaving Ibrox in February 2017.

Steve Sutton
Goalkeeping Coach

Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Steve Sutton began coaching at the club in 2006, helping to develop the club's young goalkeepers at the Nigel Doughty Academy. 

Sutton made more than 250 appearances for The Reds over a 13-year stay on Trentside, playing in the two League Cup final triumphs in 1989 and 1990. He left to join Derby County in 1992, and retired in 1998 after further spells with Birmingham City, Notts County and Grantham Town. 

He spent time as goalkeeping coach at a number of clubs, including Leeds United and Notts County, before returning to The City Ground.

Gary Brazil
Academy Manager

Gary Brazil joined Nottingham Forest in 2012 as a youth coach and became Academy Manager in 2014. 

Brazil had a playing career spanning almost 20 years, featuring for clubs such as Sheffield United, Preston and Fulham before he made the move into coaching under the tutelage of Sam Allardyce at Notts County, initially as a coach and then assistant manager.

After a couple of spells in temporary charge at Meadow Lane, Brazil left Notts to become a youth coach at Doncaster before taking on the role at the Nigel Doughty Academy. 

Brazil has since been in charge of the first time on two occasions, firstly in March 2017 and secondly in January 2017 and he reverted back to his original role of Academy Manager following the appointment of Mark Warburton as manager on 14 March.

Jack Lester
Under 23s' Lead Coach

Jack Lester was appointed as Under 23s' lead coach ahead of the 2016/17 season after leading the Under 18s to the Professional Development League title in 2015/16.

Lester is a former player of The Reds, making more than 150 league appearances over two different spells from 2000-2003 and 2004-2007. He started his career at Grimsby Town and also played for Sheffield United and Chesterfield.

Lester took on the role of first-team assistant manager under Gary Brazil in January 2017 following the departure of Philippe Montanier, and reverted back to his original role at the club following the appointment of Mark Warburton as manager on 14 March.

Gareth Holmes
Under 18s' Lead Coach

Nottingham Forest Under 18s' lead coach Gareth Holmes was appointed to his role at the start of the 2016/17 season having assisted the side in the 2015/16 season alongside Jack Lester. 

Holmes was appointed as first-team coach at Mansfield Town in May 2009, a role he held for a year before leaving to join Burton Albion as their centre of excellence manager.

He then joined Birmingham City as a professional development coach in the club's academy and joined The Reds ahead of the 2015/16 season.

Jake Wigley
Under 18s' Assistant Lead Coach

Jake Wigley joined Nottingham Forest in June 2014, initially working as a coach for the Under 21 side and also assisting Stuart Pearce and Dougie Freedman with the first team.

Wigley, who also has experience of working as a youth development coach at Bolton Wanderers, was then appointed as assistant lead coach of the Under 18s ahead of the 2016/17 season, working alongside Gareth Holmes. 

Ian Bennett
Academy Goalkeeping Coach

Goalkeeping coach Ian Bennett joined Nottingham Forest ahead of the 2015/16 season, leaving Huddersfield Town after five years as a player and coach.

After making his senior playing debut with Peterborough, Bennett moved to Birmingham in 1993 and stayed at St Andrew's for 12 years. He made more than 350 appearances for the Blues, most notably saving an Alan Shearer penalty in the 1999/2000 season and playing in the League Cup final defeat against Liverpool in 2001.

Spells at Sheffield United, Coventry City and Leeds United followed before he joined Huddersfield and played until he was 42, eventually retiring and moving into the role of academy goalkeeper coach in 2014.