Former Nottingham Forest managers Billy Davies and Dougie Freedman are on the shortlist of potential candidates to be the next Hearts boss, according to the Daily Record.

Neither of the former Forest bosses have worked in management since departing the City Ground.

The Jam Tarts are on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Craig Levein recently following a poor run of results which has seen the club fall dangerously close to the foot of the table.

Freedman is currently in work as the Director of Football at Crystal Palace but is thought to fancy another crack at management.

Dougie Freedman; Nottingham Forest – (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

During his time at Forest, his hands were severely tied. He replaced club legend Stuart Pearce and was then forced to rebuild the squad whilst under a transfer embargo placed on the club due to a breach in Financial Fair Play regulations.

In truth, he didn’t do badly on that basis, although a good start to his tenure soon turned sour. The football became bland and ultimately having his hands tied in the transfer market probably cost him his job.

Davies achieved what no other Forest manager has been able to do in recent years and led the Reds into the Championship play-offs.

During his first spell in charge, his team achieved back-to-back top-six finishes, although his team were beaten in the play-offs at the semi-final stage on both occasions.


After leaving in 2011 he returned in 2013 for an ill-fated second spell in charge which saw him fall out with the local press and basically take Forest backwards.

Nonetheless, it is perhaps a surprise that given his success during his first spell in charge that he hasn’t worked in football since leaving the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest News view: Freedman and Davies would be ideal for Hearts

Both of the former Reds managers simply need to take a step back on the management ladder if they are to revive their careers.

There is a case to suggest that modern-day management might have bypassed Davies by now, given that he hasn’t held a position since 2014.

Billy Davies; Nottingham Forest – (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Freedman departed Forest in 2015 but has been working in football in his new role at Crystal Palace pretty much since leaving the Reds.

Of course, Hearts could go and land a manager that isn’t one of the former Forest gaffers. Felix Magath and Graham Alexander are also thought to be on the shortlist too (Daily Record).

Hearts would be the ideal club to restart their managerial careers and the Scottish club might do a lot worse than appoint Davies or Freedman into their vacancy.

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