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Forest sack manager after takeover talks fail

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Nottingham Forest have sacked their manager Philippe Montanier after takeover talks failed.  Judging from his remarks after the 0-0 away draw with Birmingham City, he was not anticipating his downfall.

On Friday, the owner, Fawaz al-Hasawi, announced that a prospective takeover of the club by an American consortium had fallen through. Al Hasawi said the deal, which had been expected to be finalised this week, was “not in the interests of the long-term future of our club”. Montanier is the seventh manager to have been sacked by Al-Hasawi since he took over the club in June 2012.