Date: 17th March 2017 at 12:25pm
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Gary Brazil was set to see out the season as Nottingham Forest boss following his appointment as caretaker boss earlier in the year but he was replaced when Mark Warburton took control on a permanent basis this week.

Academy coach Jack Lester was helping academy director Brazil but it’s possible both could leave Forest following the arrival of Warburton. However, the new boss has made it clear he wants them to stay at City Ground.

Having helped the likes of Ben Brereton, Matty Cash, Ben Osborn, Joe Worrall and Oliver Burke through the clubs setup and into the first team over the years Warburton spoke of his respect for what they’ve achieved.

Warburton told BBC Nottingham Sport.

‘They have done tremendous work in the academy. Academies exist to get players into the first-team squad and you look at the first-team squad and they have done a very good job. There is no doubt about that. They stepped into a difficult role and I am full of respect for the work they did.’

Warburton continued by saying he’s had a ‘good chat’ with them both and is hopeful Brazil and Lester will revert to the academy positions they have been offered again.

‘I had a good chat with them this morning after meeting them for the first time. I look forward to them hopefully continuing the work in the academy. I was delighted with the chat. The quality of the work was there for all to see.’

He finished by praising Forest’s recently appointed director of football Frank McParland – who Warburton worked with at both Brentford and Rangers – saying how important his role would be at the City Ground too.

‘I have known Frank very well over a number of years. I have watched him work, have watched the quality of his work, the quality of his recruitment, his eye for a player and his knowledge of football clubs so I am full of respect for him. He is an outstanding individual – one of the best in the business. Frank coming in early gave us a real insight into where the club was, the players and the staff. That really helped us. It was a very swift decision, but was helped by the fact Frank was here first.’

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