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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Forest axe Clark, Arthur and Burt

ESPN staff

Nottingham Forest's owners are continuing their overhaul of the club by sacking chief executive Mark Arthur, director of recruitment Keith Burt and club ambassador Frank Clark.

Forest, who were taken over by the Al-Hasawi family from Kuwait in the summer, surprisingly dismissed manager Sean O'Driscoll on Boxing Day despite the club being within touching distance of the play-offs. Alex McLeish was brought in as his replacement, and coach Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink departed soon afterwards.

Now it has been announced that three more members of the backroom staff have left. Clark, who played for Forest's 1979 European Cup-winning side and managed the club in the 1990s, had briefly acted as chairman before being asked to step down following the takeover.

He told the Press Association on Thursday that the news of his sacking was true and added: "It's a shock, it's certainly a shock. Right out of the blue - a real shock."

Burt had been with Forest for seven years and had played an important role in rebuilding the club in the summer, when O'Driscoll had limited time to add to his threadbare squad ahead of the new season, with the club having been left in limbo financially by the death of owner Nigel Doughty earlier in the year.

Arthur had arrived in 1999 from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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