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.”