Football: Hart keen on Forest role

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THE FORMER Nottingham Forest centre-back Paul Hart, now director of youth coaching at the City Ground, is interested in replacing Ron Atkinson as the club's manager.

Recent speculation has linked Roy Evans, Sammy McIlroy and David Moyes with the post, which will be vacated when Atkinson, 60, retires next month.

But with Forest commencing their search for a successor, Hart has expressed his interest. He said: "There will be a good few names in the hat and possibly I will be an underdog. But if Nottingham Forest were to ask me, then my initial reaction would be to show a great interest. I would see it as a great privilege to be in that position."

Sheffield Wednesday are still optimistic that they can entice the Spanish striker Dani to Hillsborough. Wednesday recently had a club-record pounds 5m bid accepted by Real Mallorca for their star forward, whose real name is Daniel Garcia.

But reports claim Dani has rejected Wednesday as it is believed he would prefer a move to Arsenal, while Newcastle are apparently also in the running following a bid worth pounds 10m.

Wednesday's manager, Danny Wilson, who has been searching for a quality striker since taking over the helm last summer, said: "We still have to hope we can entice him to the club. At the moment we've not heard anything from Mallorca [regarding the latest speculation]. Until we do, we're not giving up hope."