Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz al Hasawi has confirmed that Billy Davies will not be returning to the club as manager.

Forest are looking for a new manager after they sacked Dougie Freedman following the 3-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday. First team coach Paul Williams will be in control for the rest of the season but al Hasawi is keen to find the right man for the job.

Surprisingly though, Davies, who has already managed Forest twice, rose up the betting odds and became as low as 6/1, with only Nigel Pearson and Nigel Clough having lower odds. In our Duel to see who people wanted as the next manager, 57% voted Davies as the winner of his duel, currently ranking him third. Several other former Forest managers like Alex McLeish and Steve Cotterill.

But Al Hasawi has said that Davies will not be returning to the City Ground as manager any time soon. He also revealed that several people have already applied for the job.

When asked about Davies, Al Hasawi told the Derby Telegraph: “Will it be a former manager? There has been talk among some fans about Billy Davies coming back, but there is nothing in this.”

“I still have a good relationship with the former managers. I speak with all of them from time to time. It did not work for them at the club, but that does not mean we are enemies. We are not.”

“I have been offered three managers in England already and seven from across Europe – three are from Italy and four are from Spain.”

“The most important thing is that, if it is somebody from overseas, they still need to have a knowledge of the Championship; they have to know how this division works.”

“You don’t want to bring in somebody new and find yourself with problems. You need somebody who will understand the demands of the Championship.”

“In my opinion, I would like somebody with a proven track record in the Championship or in the Premier League. I want somebody with a good track record; somebody who has been a success in the past. This is important.”

“I will sit with John McGovern and Frank Clark, people from this club, to discuss who might be a good option for this club.”