Warburton to Forest, Rowett to Derby - and straight out of the Norwich City managerial equation

Mark Warburton has taken over as Nottingham Forest manager. Picture: PA

Mark Warburton has taken over as Nottingham Forest manager. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

Mark Warburton – one of the names in the frame for the Norwich City managerial vacancy – has been appointed as the new boss of their Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.

Warburton has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract. Warburton returns to management a little over a month after leaving Rangers.

It means that within the space of just five hours today, two managers who were said to be on the Canaries radar have been taken out of the equation.

Gary Rowett was appointed as Derby manager – a move confirmed at 6am this morning. The former Burton and Birmingham boss, who played for the Rams between 1995 and 1998, replaces Steve McClaren, who was sacked on Sunday after a wretched run of results.

Rowett has signed a contract until the end of the 2018/19 season and will take charge of his first game at Nottingham Forest in Saturday's east Midlands derby.