Nottingham Forest Under-21 manager Dave Rogers has emerged as a leading candidate to take over at Finn Harps. The League of Ireland club are on the lookout for a new manager and Donegal Live claims that Rogers is on the shortlist.

The 47-year-old has been with Forest since 2021. He initially joined the club to assistant Andy Reid who oversaw the fortunes of the Under-21 outfit last season, reaching the Premier League 2 Division Two play-offs.

Former Reds winger Reid was promoted by Steve Cooper into the first team during the summer. He replaced Steven Reid as the first-team coach in the senior ranks, with Rogers taking on the Under-21 role.

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It’s been a case of so far so good too. Rogers has the team inside the play-off places again and they’ve claimed 16 points from their last six games; winning five and drawing one of their recent league fixtures.

Rogers could now be on the move though. As a player, he had a good track record of playing in Ireland and featured for several clubs, putting down some serious roots in the country.

Finn Harps weren’t one of his former employers but they’re now keen to make him their new manager. Ollie Horgan departed the club last month following a nine-year stay at Finn Park.

Rogers is a brilliant coach and the academy players at the City Ground respect him deeply. Ultimately, however, he will surely fancy a crack at managing at a senior level and this could prove hard to turn down.

Rogers a candidate for Finn Harps position

This will offer the Reds’ coach some food for thought. He clearly knows the League of Ireland like the back of his hand and the chance to move into first-team management will have a pull.

Rogers is still relatively young for a coach. He knows that he will surely get a chance at some point in first-team management but it’s more a matter of how long he wants to wait for the opportunity.

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Losing the Under-21 manager would give Forest some cause for concern. Indeed, it would be interesting to see how they’d play things and whether they might ask Warren Joyce to jump up from the Under-18s.

Rogers would be sorely missed. The League of Ireland gets underway in February and perhaps Forest would have a few months to get themselves sorted if the former Liverpool academy coach does decide to leave.

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