Football - Davies: I'll pick Forest team

Billy Davies is not worried about Nottingham Forest's owners interfering in how he manages the team.

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It is thought that both of Davies' predecessors - Sean O'Driscoll and Alex McLeish - left the City Ground at least partly because of the Al-Hasawi family attempting to have a say in first-team affairs.

However, Davies insists that will not be a problem for him as he has it in writing that he is in complete control of the playing side of things.

"That was the offer, it did not have to be requested or demanded," the Scot told reporters on Monday at his first press conference since succeeding McLeish on Thursday.

"I never asked about that or had the conversation about it. Fawaz (Al-Hasawi, chairman) made it absolutely clear he wanted me to manage the football club, to manage Forest and try to get the club into the Premier League.

"I did not need clarification, not a word, it was there in black and white."

Davies, back at Forest 20 months after he was sacked by the old regime, added: "A manager just wants to manage the football team, not necessarily manage the club, just the football team.

"That's what he is employed to do, to manage the quality of the squad and what you need within it.

"If you get that, you don't mind what happens in the future."

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