Andy Reid has been appointed as Head Coach of the Under-23s at Nottingham Forest

NOTTINGHAM FOREST favourite Andy Reid has been appointed as Head Coach of the Under-23s side at the club where he starred as a player.

The 38-year-old former Republic of Ireland midfielder's love affair with the City Ground side began as a youngster when he turned down Arsenal and Manchester United because he felt he would have a better chance to progress in the Forest Academy.

Sport Careers Agency client Andy won his way into the fans' hearts throughout a stellar five-year spell that would earn him a move to Premiership giants Tottenham Hotspur.

He would go on to play in England's top flight for both Charlton and Sunderland before returning to Forest for a second stint at the club that cemented his iconic status with the Nottingham faithful.

Now Andy, who had been taking charge of the team on an interim basis following the departure of Chris Cohen in September, has announced his departure from his role as Republic of Ireland Under-18 boss to concentrate on the Forest role,

And he said: "I am delighted to have accepted the role. Everyone knows my affiliation with this club, so to now become Head Coach of the Under 23s is really special for me.

"We had a fantastic season last year and myself and all of the staff connected to the Academy are determined to achieve parallel success this season and to see the continued development of these fantastic young players."

Forest currently lie 19th in the cut-throat Championship with experienced gaffer Chris Hughton charged with the job of taking significant steps towards their former glories under the legendary Brian Clough.

It's clear, though, that a huge focus in the future of one of English football's most storied clubs will now be on developing their own talent.

That means Reid's role is a pivotal one and it is a challenge he is relishing.

Andy revealed on the club website: "It's obviously an exciting time for the club with plans and ambitions to move the Academy into the Category one status.

"There's a lot of work to be done in order to achieve this, but we are all determined to see it through and give our players the best possible chance of going on to have successful careers."

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