Downes given new Forest role

Nottingham Forest have appointed Bobby Downes as the club’s new
head of recruitment.

Downes makes the step up with immediate effect having worked as
part of Forest’s scouting network for several years.

He told the club’s official website: “I am delighted to be
joining the club on a full-time basis and look forward to the
challenge ahead.”

Downes made more than 500 appearances during a playing career
that included spells at Peterborough, Rochdale, Watford, Barnsley
and Blackpool, where he also coached.

He has also been on the coaching staff at Aston Villa, Port
Vale, Wolves – where he also had a spell as caretaker manager –
Watford and Blackburn.

Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi added: “Bobby brings a wealth of
experience to the role and we are very pleased to have him on board
in such an important position.”