Drubbing by Doncaster costs Calderwood his job at Forest
Saturday 27 December 2008
Nottingham Forest sacked their manager, Colin Calderwood, after a 4-2 Boxing Day drubbing at home to fellow strugglers Doncaster. The result saw Forest remain in the bottom three of the Championship, where they have won just four times this season.
First-team coach David Kerslake has also left the club and chief executive Mark Arthur said: "We're grateful to Colin for his efforts over the last two and a half years, in particular for leading us to promotion from League One. But we're in a results business and it's imperative that the club stays in the Championship."
Doncaster, who started the day bottom, raced into a three-goal lead thanks to goals from Paul Heffernan, Martin Woods and Richard Wellens. Heffernan's second gave Rovers a four-goal lead before Forest pulled two back through a Sam Hird own goal and Joe Garner.
Birmingham City beat Ipswich Town 1-0 at Portman Road, thanks to a James McFadden penalty on 39 minutes, after a handball by Ipswich defender Moritz Volz. The win puts them level on points with second-placed Reading.
Crystal Palace moved into sixth after a 3-1 win over Norwich at Selhurst Park. Norwich veteran Gary Doherty equalised Jose Fonte's opener before Fonte scored again. Danny Butterfield then struck an 18-yard volley past David Marshall to put the result beyond doubt late on. Nicky Maynard scored twice as BristolCity defeated Watford 4-2 at Vicarage Road. Maynard took just 23 seconds to strike and then did it again on the half hour. Grzegorz Rasiak pulled one back for Watford before Marvin Elliott replied for City. Elliot then scored an own goal before Dele Adebola's injury-time strike eased the away fans' nerves.
Charlton dropped to the foot of the table despite twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 with QPR. Nick Bailey scored both for the Addicks while Dexter Blackstock and Lee Cook notched for QPR.
Swindon Town have announced Danny Wilson as their new manager.
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