Birtles: Forest should take Hart

Hart has been out of football since leaving Barnsley in March 2005 and is likely to be strongly linked with Forest following the departure of Gary Megson this afternoon.

Birtles said: "We've seen Leicester and Derby recently lose their managers and make interim appointments.

"That could be the way forward for Forest and I think they could do a lot worse than get Paul Hart back in until the end of the season.

"Harty knows the academy there and he knows the club."