Fulham goalkeeper coach and former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dave Beasant says he is keen to be the next manager at the City Ground.

Ian McParland and Frank Barlow are in temporary charge of Forest following Gary Megson’s departure last week.

Beasant, 45, Fulham’s player-goalkeeper coach, played for Forest from 1997 to 2001 and said: “I would love to be Forest manager, now or in the future.

“They are dear to my heart and I would like nothing better. But I am in work and have not applied for the job.”

Beasant works alongside manager Chris Coleman at Craven Cottage and is still registered as a player there. He added: “I am happy at Fulham but I have very fond memories of my time at Forest and I always look for their results.”

The former England international, who is at his 13th professional club, played 152 games for Forest between 1997 and 2001 in a loan spell followed by a permanent move.

He already has ideas on how to arrest the slump at the City Ground that has left them in mid-table of League One. “Knowing Forest’s tradition I am aware that they like to play good football, although you always need the ability to compete,” he added. “It does help if the fans can see that what you are doing on the pitch is right. I think perhaps Gary Megson had lost the support of the players and of the fans.”