Nottingham Forest are delighted to confirm that John Pemberton has re-joined the Club’s coaching staff.Pemberton has been appointed Professional Development Coach, with responsibility for helping bridge the gap between Academy football and the first team for the Club’s up-and-coming young stars.
The 47 year old spent more than a decade on Forest’s coaching staff, initially at Academy level before taking up the role of reserve manager under Colin Calderwood.
He had a brief spell as caretaker manager following Calderwood’s departure and famously led Forest to a 3-0 FA Cup third round win over Manchester City in January 2009.
He left The City Ground the following summer as Billy Davies reshuffled his coaching staff and, after a spell coaching England’s Under 17 and Under 19 teams, joined Sheffield United as Academy Director.
Pemberton guided United to the 2011 FA Youth Cup final – they were edged out by Manchester United – and helped develop a host of players who have made an impact on the first team scene at Bramall Lane.
As a player, ‘Pembo’ served Rochdale, Crewe (twice), Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Leeds United.