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Pleat leaves controversial Forest transfer acquisition panel

Championship Nottingham Forest have confirmed that David Pleat has stood down from his part-time football consultant role, reports BBC Sport. Pleat was part of Forest's much-discussed and much-criticised transfer acquisitions panel after joining to help ex-boss Colin Calderwood in 2006.

Chief scout Keith Burt will now take up a position as director of recruitment and scouting.

During his five years at the City Ground, Pleat had always defended his role, saying his position was very similar to the way other teams operated.

Forest chief executive Mark Arthur told the club website: "We feel that the structure we have developed with Keith in his full-time role is well placed to take the club forward.

"I would like to thank David for the enormous contribution he has made.

"He remains a friend of Nottingham Forest and will always be welcome at the City Ground."

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