Forest appoint Billy Davies as manager

Nottingham Forest appointed former Derby County boss Billy Davies as their new manager on Thursday, with a three-year contract until 2012.

The former European champions, now languishing one place above the relegation zone in the Championship, said on their website that Davies would officially start his new job on Monday.

Davies, 44, has been out of work since leaving Derby in November 2007 and takes over from Colin Calderwood who was sacked before Christmas.