Billy Davies

Billy Davies was most recently the manager of Nottingham Forest.

Born in Glasgow on 31st May 1964, Davies represented Rangers, Swedish side IK Elfsborg, St Mirren, Leicester and Motherwell as a player.

His first managerial appointment came in 1998 at Motherwell where he was installed as player/manager. This resulted in him becoming the youngest ever manager in the Scottish top flight at the time.

In 2004, Davies joined Preston North End initially as a coach before becoming caretaker manager and then the manager on a full-time basis.

Davies led Preston to the play-off final in 2005 where the side narrowly missed out on a place in the Premier League, losing to West Ham United at the Millenium Stadium.

Davies would again lead Preston to a play-off place the following season, where they missed out to Leeds United in the semi-finals.

In June 2006, Davies was then appointed the manager of Derby County.

In his first season with Derby, he led the club to the Premier League beating West Bromwich Albion in the play-off final at Wembley, after narrowly missing out on an automatic spot.

In November 2007, Davies then parted company with Derby and was linked with several high profile positions before joining Nottingham Forest.

After taking over at Forest, during his first spell with the club, Davies ensured Championship status before transforming the club's fortunes in 2009/10.

He led the club to a third place in the Championship after a 19th place finish the previous season. In 2009/10, Davis and Forest embarked upon an 18-match unbeaten run which began at the end of September. After finishing in the play-offs places, the club would narrowly miss out to Blackpool who subsequently went on to beat Cardiff at Wembley.

History would then repeat itself the following season as Davies once again led his side to the playoffs. Forest were then defeated in the semi-finals by Swansea, who would go on to gain promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

On his return to the City Ground during the 2012/13 season, Forest finished 8th in the Championship and narrowly missed out on a place in the play-offs.

Honours (7)
  • personal-awards
    • Nottingham Forest:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2013-03-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2011-01-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2009-12-01)
    • Derby County:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2006-11-01)
    • Preston North End:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2006-04-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2006-01-01)
  • promotions
    • Derby County:
      • Promotion to Barclays Premiership, (2007-05-28)
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