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McClaren: I quit Forest for good of club and fans

Steve McClaren says he had to walk from his Nottingham Forest job.

His arrival was expected to see Forest build on two successive play-off finishes and push for promotion to the Premier League - but he quit on October 2 after less than four months in the job.

"I just felt after that [Birmingham] game with what was going on, something had to change drastically," McClaren told The Independent.

"I couldn't see that with the relationship I had by then [with the board] that I could affect that. For the benefit of the club and fans I thought [leaving] was the best decision.

"Ultimately the chairman has stepped down and I think in the long run the club will benefit, Frank Clark coming in was a very good decision.

"Steve Cotterill [McClaren's successor] has got experience of the Championship and generally I had no problem with the players. They will prosper going on now within a more settled environment which I never had before."

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