Nottingham Forest have sacked manager Chris Hughton after a run of six defeats in seven league matches left them bottom of the Championship.

Forest's worst start to a season in 108 years continued on Wednesday night when they lost 2-0 at home at Middlesbrough.

Hughton was relieved of his duties the following morning with another former Republic of Ireland international, Steven Reid, placed in interim charge.

"Nottingham Forest can confirm that Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as first team manager," the club said in a statement.

"The club would like to place on record its’ appreciation for Chris’ efforts. Chris joined the club in a difficult period for everyone in football and around the world and we thank him for the way he has conducted himself during his tenure.

"Steven Reid will take temporary charge of the first team as interim head coach.

"The search for the permanent successor has begun and the club will update supporters in due course.

"The club would like to wish Chris all the best in his future career."

Hughton, who won 53 caps for Ireland and had a spell as assistant manager during Brian Kerr’s two years in charge, was appointed by Forest last October.

The 62-year-old steered the club clear of relegation in his debut season but admitted Forest was in a "very concerning" position following the loss to Middlesbrough.

Forest will be bidding for their first win of the season at Huddersfield on Saturday under former Blackburn and Millwall midfielder Reid, who had been first-team coach.

Hughton is the fifth permanent manager to depart the City Ground since Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis bought the club off Fawaz Al Hasawi in 2017.

Forest, who finished last season in 17th place, made seven new signings during the summer transfer window, but fans had already turned on Hughton after disappointing early results.